On the move again? ... Jarryd Hayne of the Gold Coast Titans
On the move again? ... Jarryd Hayne of the Gold Coast Titans DAN PELED

Hayne flags possible rugby move to Europe

RUGBY LEAGUE: Jarryd Hayne has revealed he may end up being another NRL star to relocate to the European rugby scene.

Coming a week after Ben Barba's shock defection to Toulon in France, Hayne he may follow suit.

Hayne only signed with the Gold Coast Titans six months ago after a failed bid to make Fiji's Olympic rugby sevens squad.

It followed a stint in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

In an interview with The Courier Mail, Hayne said he was keeping his options open.

"There has definitely been interest from them (French rugby) and for me, it's the timing of it and whether I want to chance my arm at it," said Hayne, who suffered a minor knee injury over the weekend at the NRL Nines.

"Everything is an option, I don't like to live in narrow vision.

"I played rugby when I was growing up. As a kid I did a lot of sports. That's why it pisses me off when everyone carries on when someone changes sports.

"As kids, we are encouraged to try every sport we can, so as an adult, why should that change?

"That's my stand on things. We get paid to do a job and we have to work our asses off at training, but once that contract is finished, if someone wants to try something different, that's up to them."

The Titans, meanwhile, will wrap Hayne in cotton wool ahead of the NRL season, with the fullback to pull out of Saturday's All Stars match after tweaking his knee at the Auckland Nines.

The club wants the former Dally M medallist in top shape for the opening round against Nines winners the Roosters on March 4.

Coach Neil Henry said Hayne had fluid on the knee and would be rested this week.

"There's no major damage there at all, it just got a little bit twisted and it blew up a little bit later,'' Henry said of Hayne's knee.

News Corp Australia


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