Fiji failure returns to League

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:08
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NEWS: Jarryd Hayne returned to Australia to play Rugby League for the Gold Coast Titans, having failed to make Fiji's Sevens squad for the Olympic Games.

This move - not unexpected - comes almost two years after he left Sydney for an unprecedented career swap to American football.

Hayne left a lucrative National Rugby League contract with the Parramatta Eels to pursue a new career in the NFL in 2014, but experienced only fleeting success during a tough first season with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 28-year-old then ditched the Californian National Football League franchise in May, to train with the Fiji Sevens squad in the hope of playing in the Olympics, but failed to make the cut for Rio.

In a two-year deal tipped to be one of the richest in NRL history, Hayne is set to take home at least AU$1.2-million (US$910,000) per season with the Titans, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Wednesday.

"It wasn't the easiest decision for me to make, it's been very emotional to make this decision," Hayne, who could line up for the Titans as soon as Sunday, told reporters in the Gold Coast.

"I never though I'd join another club and not in my wildest dreams did I think I would end up on the Gold Coast."

Titans coach Neil Henry described the deal as a great day for the 10-year-old club and said the other players in the squad were excited about Hayne's arrival.

"We all know what a talent he is," he said.

Haynes played 176 games for Parramatta in the NRL, scoring 103 tries. He also played 20 State of Origin matches for New South Wales and won 12 caps with the Kangaroos.

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