With every passing day comes a new story in the media regarding the whereabouts of Jarryd Hayne, playing-wise, in 2019 and beyond.
At first it looked certain he would re-sign with the Eels. It seemed a matter of time given his brilliant form since returning from injury.
Salary cap restraints on the club seem to have drawn the saga out to the point it no longer looks as though the Hayne/Eels storybook reunion will continue.
Given Hayne’s profile and talents there is sure to be no shortage of suitors for his abilities. Given that, we take a look at just where the Hayne Plane will land in 2019 and beyond.
Wests Tigers: Reports recently named the Tigers as the likely destination for Hayne in 2019. They still have two spots left on their 30 man roster as well as the cap space to offer a competitive contract to the former two-time Dally M medallist.
Hayne could play centre at the Tigers, although it’s unlikely Moses will be shifted to slot him in at fullback. There’s a very real chance of this happening. Hayne is based in Western Sydney and the Tigers have just signed a successful coach to compliment an exciting roster.
St George-Illawarra Dragons: Rumours have it that the Dragons are looking to add Hayne as a fullback option. Matt Dufty is supposedly being shopped around to make way for Hayne.
Jai Field is looked upon as the long-term option with Hayne to fill in for at least 2019. To be honest I can’t see this happening, which mean it’ll probably be official by the time this is posted. Dufty had such a brilliant opening to 2019 I can’t see them moving him on, but Hayne could come in as an outside back. Could be fun.
French Rugby: Given the majority of clubs have registered their top 30 players, or have tight salary caps, it may be hard to find a destination for 2019 at such short notice.
A return to Rugby Union may very well be on the cards. Hayne recently had a dash at representing the Fijian 7s team and given more time you wouldn’t have bet against him.
Given Hayne is only 30 year’s of age, a shift full time to the 15 man game is not beyond him. It’s a huge move though for a man with a young family.
Parramatta Eels: There’s always the very real chance that Hayne will simply re-sign with the Eels. Although his form was hugely improved toward the end of the 2018 season, with all due respect he is not the Jarryd Hayne of old.
Any ideas he may have of a million dollar contract need to be abandoned and Hayne may need to re-sign on what could be considered ‘unders’ to continue playing in blue and gold.
Reports indicate the club is shopping round multiple players, it may just be a matter of time. He’ll likely continue in the centres although a move back to fullback is not off the cards.
I have zero idea if there is any shred of credibility to this but given the Sharks have just Dugan and Morris as recognised centres, it’s not beyond belief that the Sharks would have a late crack.
With Val Holmes linked to the Cowboys in 2020, Hayne could be brought in to fill in at centre, moving to fullback in 2020. I can’t see it but Hayne has been linked with the Sharks on 367 previous occasions so here is number 368.
Something Else: With Hayne, who knows? For all the unfunny, ridiculous social media ‘jokes’, Hayne is a supreme talent. He is a two-time Dally M medal winner, a multiple time Origin and Roos rep, managed to play in the NFL, represented Fiji in the 7s rugby and then came back to league to play well again.
Joke all you want, the guy is an elite athlete. Hayne can do anything and pretty much has. He could end up anywhere and shock the world by succeeding.
Eels fans, what are your thoughts re the possible moving on of Jarryd Hayne? Tigers and Dragons fans, are you excited at the prospect of Hayne representing your side? Will he even be in the NRL in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.