Jarryd Hayne’s $180,000 Eels handshake
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JARRYD Hayne has agreed to join Parramatta but won’t make it public until next year to cash in at the Titans, the Daily Telegraph reports.

JARRYD Hayne will reportedly join the Parramatta Eels in 2018, but won’t ask for a release from the Gold Coast Titans until January.

Reports surfaced earlier this month suggesting the representative fullback wanted out of the Queensland club so he could move back to Sydney to be closer to his family. He denied those allegations but it’s been revealed he will be back wearing the blue and gold next season.

The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield said on NRL 360 on Monday night Hayne was all but guaranteed to play for Parramatta again in 2018, but will wait until early next year before telling his current employer so he can pocket an extra $180,000.

The NRL’s financial year runs from November 1 to October 31 and although he won’t return to Titans’ pre-season training until next year because of his World Cup commitments with Fiji, Hayne still stands to earn plenty of coin while he’s away.

Rothfield said the NSW Origin star’s bank account will receive a $90,000 injection in November and again in December for “holiday pay” because he is still contracted to the Titans, where he earns a reported $1.2 million a season. If he was to ask the club for an immediate release he would forfeit those payments.

The bonus $180,000 for effectively doing nothing would make it easier for the 29-year-old to take the pay cut that’s required to wear the Eels jersey again. It’s been reported Parramatta will only pay him $500,000 per season — a substantial drop in income for one of the NRL’s few million dollar men.

Hayne is off contract at the end of next season and took up an option in his contract earlier this year to extend his stay on the glitter strip until the end of 2018 — a decision he’s set to backflip on.

Per the Daily Telegraph, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said: “If Jarryd wants to come and play on our terms and if he gets released, we’ll obviously be looking at it. We’ll see what happens.”

Jarryd Hayne is on the move.

Jarryd Hayne is on the move.

Last week Parramatta CEO Bernie Gurr refused to rule out Hayne playing the role of Prodigal Son and returning to the club where he started his NRL career,

Gurr was given the opportunity to shut down speculation at a sponsorship announcement on Wednesday, but said: “We don’t discuss our recruitment strategy publicly. This is not the forum today.” The position represents a change of tack for Gurr.

In May, he spoke openly about the club’s desire to lure Titans hooker Nathan Peats back to the Eels, also revealing then there had been no approach from Hayne.

The Eels have been discouraged to recruit Hayne, with club great Peter Sterling urging them to instead retain their faith in fullback prospects Clint Gutherson and Bevan French.

Both players were reluctant to weigh into Hayne’s possible arrival given his contract with the Gold Coast, with Gutherson claiming to have not spoken to teammates about the possibility.

French said he did not believe Hayne was required for premiership success.

“Whether he comes or not, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve got here,” French told reporters last week.

“He’s got that X-factor about him and he’s a freakish player … (but) if he doesn’t come, I don’t think we’ll be too disappointed.

“We’re pretty confident with what we have now.”

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