ARU Not Exactly Keen on Signing Jarryd Hayne

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Unable to resist the lure of Jarryd Hayne news, it appears that the NSW Waratahs of rugby union will not make a contract offer to Hayne, who has broadened his prospects recently by expressing his willingness to play the 15-man game.

Hayne’s poorly calculated risk at making the Fiji Sevens squad for the Rio Olympics means that he cannot play for the Wallabies. Instead, it seems that he could wind up lining up against them.

The ARU contemplates an ideal scenario in terms of marketing their product should they succeed in luring Hayne would come about when a Test against Fiji next year would bring in bundles of loot.

It seems as though at this time that the NRL Parramatta Eels are the leading contenders to sign Hayne, but his agent Wayne Beavis maintains that they are still seeking the highest bidder. He indicates that the Waratahs were never consulted directly and that it was only contact with the ARU that has led to the latest round of speculation.

The Eels do not seem to be exactly chomping at the bit to re-sign their former star, choosing instead to focus on securing the services of off-contract playmaker Corey Norman. There is no true sense of urgency regarding Norman, either, as he has been suspended for the remainder of the season and they have the issue of severance with Kieran Foran to handle in order to free up Hayne money.