Jarryd Hayne is mulling over numerous offers from both rugby union and league clubs.
After sensationally quitting the San Francisco 49ers in an attempt to represent Fiji at this summer’s Olympics, Jarryd Hayne could be on the verge of making another massive career change.
Although a plethora of Australian rugby league clubs have registered an interest in signing the cross code star, yesterday Fox Sports revealed that the Waratahs have expressed an interest in signing Hayne.
Nevertheless, given that Australian Super Rugby franchises can only pay overseas marquee players $300,000 a year, any move to Union should be considered to be a long shot.
However the story got more intriguing when Nine News Sydney reported that the Australian Rugby Union had made contact with Hayne with the view of him joining one of their five Super Rugby sides.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) June 30, 2016
The ARU’s approach is strange to say the least. While Hayne’s potential move to Union would excite many Super Rugby fans, he has little chance of playing for Australia, having already represented Fiji on the sevens circuit.
Nevertheless, speaking with Fox Sports, Waratahs coach, Daryl Gibson, hinted at the ARU potentially signing Hayne for commercial reasons rather than the benefit of the Wallabies.
He’s obviously a talented player, he’s one hell of a player and depending on the salary cap I think we’d be definitely interested.
Most of the top 20 or 30 players – I don’t know the absolute numbers – but certainly the players are topped up to some degree so 100 per cent [a Super Rugby club could afford him].
His commercial value, I’m sure the ARU would be keen to maximise that and get the best players playing our code.
However signing Hayne on an ARU contract could prove controversial, particularly as they are already struggling to keep established internationals such as Matt Toomua and Kurtley Beale from joining European clubs.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena