TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels looks on during the round 24 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra are hesitant to offer Jarryd Hayne a contract due to his off-field behavior, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Hayne is currently embroiled in a civil lawsuit in the United States concerning sexual assault allegations, and it is understood that he may soon be required to spend significant time in America ahead of his trial in January 2020.

The Dragons reportedly want the star Parramatta outside back, but are wary of signing him for 2019 on big money lest his season is jeopardised by the lawsuit.

It is understood that Hayne wants $700,000 a season, but the Dragons, Eels and other interested clubs are balking at the pricetag.

The Dragons could afford Hayne with Nene Macdonald now off their roster, but have yet to table an offer to his management.

Parramatta are also in the mix to retain Hayne for another year, but a deal with the expensive star could come at the expense of Corey Norman and Michael Jennings.

Hayne played 15 games for Parramatta this season, scoring ten tries in a losing season for the Eels.

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