Eels centre Jarryd Hayne has turned his season around over the past three weeks, who has arguably been Parramatta’s best player.
The 30-year old said a candid conversation with Eels coach Brad Arthur a couple of months ago may have been the catalyst for his improvement.
Arthur has been renowned for his eccentric thinking and a suggested a modified weights program he made to the former San Francisco 49ers looks to have paid massive dividends.
“I spoke to Brad and said my body hasn’t really responded to the basic weights session everyone does,” Hayne told reporters after the Eels win on Thursday night.
“It is tough, too, because you don’t want to be different.”
“I look at weights and put on weight. I have lost over a kilo of muscle and a kilo of fat since the start of the season. I wanted to be lighter and Brad wanted me to be lighter. I said, ‘You can’t be lifting weights and wanting to be light’. So we have figured out a good program.
“The game has grown. The trainers are adapting to it. Weights only got introduced properly about 20 years ago. Everyone did the same thing. Slowly they have figured out that everybody is different.
“These days the backs will do a program and the forwards will do a program. Now we’re taking it to the next steps where the individual program is based on what their strengths and weaknesses are.
“I have one of those weird-arsed bodies. It was getting everything firing right. I have been doing it for the last two months and I think we are seeing good results. I’m a lot freer now and that’s obviously helped and shown the benefits when I’m out there playing.”
Hayne added that the Eels’ disappointing season had “taken its toll” on the playing group.
“It’s obviously sad the way our season has gone,” Hayne said.
“For us to come in with such high hopes and be almost taken out by round 10, that’s probably been the biggest thing for us. Where you are on the ladder you get tough nights and tough days. It takes its toll on you.”