The idle speculation has come to an end now that Jarryd Hayne has signed on to play with the Gold Coast Titans. He could make an appearance as early as Sunday when the Titans play the New Zealand Warriors.
The Titans and the Warriors are at numbers seven and eight respectively on the NRL ladder, and at 19 games into the season, they have each scored 419 points, a statistical anomaly that proves irresistible to us. The Titans enjoy a one-point advantage in the premiership standings.
Hayne is eligible to play according to NRL rules because he is not coming from another rugby league. If that had been the case, he would not have been eligible due to the June 30 rule.
NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley plans to meet with Hayne after the 2016 NRL season is over with regard to Hayne resuming State of Origin play. Hayne has 20 Origin games behind him, but current NSW fullback James Tedesco has served notice to Hayne that taking Tedesco’s number 1 jersey is not a foregone conclusion.
It had been thought that the Parramatta Eels were the leading contenders for Hayne’s services, but financial issues got in the way for the Eels, whilst the Titans had maneuvering room.