Jarryd Hayne will return to the Parramatta Eels for 2018 NRL season

Hayne Plane: Jarryd Hayne lit up the field with Parramatta before chasing NFL stardom in San Francisco. Next year he will return to the Eels. Picture: Steve Christo
Hayne Plane: Jarryd Hayne lit up the field with Parramatta before chasing NFL stardom in San Francisco. Next year he will return to the Eels. Picture: Steve Christo

Parramatta Eels prodigal son Jarryd Hayne will return to the place it all started for the 2018 NRL season.

The Eels resigned Hayne, ending a two-year stint at the Gold Coast Titans.

Hayne said he was looking forward to returning to the club he has supported since he was a child.

“My decision to return to Sydney wasn’t taken lightly so I am grateful that Brad and the Eels have offered me the opportunity to return to the club,” he said.

“Eels members and fans have been behind me throughout my career and I want to use this second chance to repay that faith and support.

“I look forward to returning to training in early January 2018 and am keen to work hard and play my part for the team in building on last year’s finals run.”

Hayne started his career at the club, debuting in 2006 as a winger and winning the rookie of the year.

After moving to fullback in 2007, Hayne burst onto the State of Origin scene and has won the NSW Player of the Year three times (2007, 2008, 2014).

He was also the Dally M Player of the Year in 2009 and 2014.

Hayne has amassed 199 NRL games with 111 tries, as well as 23 Origin matches, 11 games for Australia and nine games with Fiji.

He was a member of the semi-finalist Fijian team at the recent World Cup.

However, Hayne’s biggest move was in 2015 when he shocked the rugby league world by chasing a career in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. 

Although only playing one season, Hayne unsuccessfully tried to make the Fijian rugby sevens team for the Rio Olympics before returning to the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans for the second half of the 2016 season.

Parramatta Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr said the club was thrilled to welcome Hayne back to the club.

“Jarryd started playing for our club as a 15-year-old, so we are pleased that he now has the opportunity to return and be part of a strong squad and playing culture that Brad Arthur has developed over the past few seasons,” Gurr said.

“From speaking with Jarryd, he is keen to join his teammates in early January and is committed to working with Brad and our players to build on our excellent 2017 season.”