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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Unemployed Hayne skips Eels training


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Jarryd Hayne will be a notable no-show at the start of Parramatta preseason training on Thursday, as the two-time Dally M Medalist trains solo in preparation for the 2019 NRL season.

The reigning wooden-spooners return to training early along with three other NRL clubs and are struggling to put together an attractive offer to keep Hayne at the club, with the ex-NFL star reportedly asking for an upgrade to his contract in the vicinity of $700,000 a season.

Parramatta is looking to move players around to have enough money in the salary cap to give Hayne the money he wants.

Eels coach Brad Arthur confirmed Hayne won’t be present at the start of preseason training but still expressed a desire to have the ex-NFL star in his squad.

“He is not contracted so he won’t be there (for the first day of training),” Arthur told News Corp.

“Obviously we want him at the club. He wants to be here. It is just about working things out.”

“He is not going to play for $100,000,” he added.

“It is just making sure what works for him works for us. I hope (he stays) but I don’t know. Honestly, I have no idea.

“He knows what he needs to do to get his body right.

“We don’t want it to go too long because then it does start to become a problem. We need to know one way or another pretty soon.”

Veteran centre Michael Jennings is said to be one of the players the club is trying to offload in a bid to keep Hayne.

Jennings is set to earn a reported $800,000 salary next season, meaning his exit would possibly leave the club with enough funds to land Hayne.

However, Arthur refused to speculate about Jennings’ future.

“There was talk in March, April, May,” Arthur said.

“Michael will not be back until Sunday because him and Peni Teripo played in the Tongan game. But they are coming back early because we have something we want to do as a club and as a team.”

The Eels also tried shopping halves Corey Norman and Mitchell Moses to rival clubs but neither playmaker attracted enough interest.

St George-Illawarra expressed a desire interest in signing Hayne, while two French rugby clubs have also reportedly made inquiries about the cross-code star.

The Eels have begun preparations early for next season to capitalise on a review of the football department undertaken by the club.

One of the recommendations of the review suggested coach Arthur concentrate solely on coaching the team, while former Tigers player Mark O’Neil takes some of the pressure off Arthur behind the scenes.

“He will allow everyone to do their job and their job only. And do their job properly,” Arthur said.

“We don’t want to write off (2018) and say it was one of those years. There were some reasons why. But we can’t keep rehashing it.

“We have had a team review. A season review. A club review. There was plenty (to come out of it) but there was also plenty there we already knew.

 

 

Jarryd Hayne will be a notable no-show at the start of Parramatta preseason training on Thursday, as the two-time Dally M Medalist trains solo in preparation for the 2019 NRL season.

The reigning wooden-spooners return to training early along with three other NRL clubs and are struggling to put together an attractive offer to keep Hayne at the club, with the ex-NFL star reportedly asking for an upgrade to his contract in the vicinity of $700,000 a season.

Parramatta is looking to move players around to have enough money in the salary cap to give Hayne the money he wants.

Eels coach Brad Arthur confirmed Hayne won’t be present at the start of preseason training but still expressed a desire to have the ex-NFL star in his squad.

“He is not contracted so he won’t be there (for the first day of training),” Arthur told News Corp.

“Obviously we want him at the club. He wants to be here. It is just about working things out.”

“He is not going to play for $100,000,” he added.

“It is just making sure what works for him works for us. I hope (he stays) but I don’t know. Honestly, I have no idea.

“He knows what he needs to do to get his body right.

“We don’t want it to go too long because then it does start to become a problem. We need to know one way or another pretty soon.”

Veteran centre Michael Jennings is said to be one of the players the club is trying to offload in a bid to keep Hayne.

Jennings is set to earn a reported $800,000 salary next season, meaning his exit would possibly leave the club with enough funds to land Hayne.

However, Arthur refused to speculate about Jennings’ future.

“There was talk in March, April, May,” Arthur said.

“Michael will not be back until Sunday because him and Peni Teripo played in the Tongan game. But they are coming back early because we have something we want to do as a club and as a team.”

The Eels also tried shopping halves Corey Norman and Mitchell Moses to rival clubs but neither playmaker attracted enough interest.

St George-Illawarra expressed a desire interest in signing Hayne, while two French rugby clubs have also reportedly made inquiries about the cross-code star.

The Eels have begun preparations early for next season to capitalise on a review of the football department undertaken by the club.

One of the recommendations of the review suggested coach Arthur concentrate solely on coaching the team, while former Tigers player Mark O’Neil takes some of the pressure off Arthur behind the scenes.

“He will allow everyone to do their job and their job only. And do their job properly,” Arthur said.

“We don’t want to write off (2018) and say it was one of those years. There were some reasons why. But we can’t keep rehashing it.

“We have had a team review. A season review. A club review. There was plenty (to come out of it) but there was also plenty there we already knew.

 

 

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