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Where to now for Jarryd Hayne?

Tue, Jul 12, 12:33pm by Staff Writer

Jarryd HayneThe next destination of sporting nomad Jarryd Hayne has provided the sporting and betting world with plenty of entertainment over the past few years.

So it’s little surprise that Sportsbet have opted to put up a market on the Hayne Plane’s next destination.

Now let’s not forget that Hayne is renowned for a surprise or two. He stepped away from a multimillion dollar NRL deal a couple of years ago to pursue his dream to play in the NFL. Even the most optimistic Hayne fans knew he faced a huge task to make it in America.

He was initially rated a $12 chance to play an NFL game, but as he continued to impress and he honed in on a deal with the 49ers, he proved the doubters wrong. He would appear in eight NFL games and make his sole start against Detriot late in the season.

It was an extraordinary feat to transfer his rugby league skills to the American code and he looked set to build a successful career.

But then earlier this year, he walked away saying he had a dream to play in the Olympics, with Fiji in the Rugby Sevens. That sojourn proved somewhat less successful. After initial concerns whether he was even eligible to play, he made a brief appearance at the London Sevens, where he failed to impress.

The dream was over before it began and Fiji confirmed earlier this week that the Hayne Plane had not received clearance to land in Rio.

So where to now?

Well, the Eels, the team he left a couple of years back, have endured a horrific season, much of it of their own making.

But if there is to be a silver lining to the clouds which have surrounded the club it is the possible return of the prodigal son.

There has even a suggestion he could play for the Eels this year.

One thing seems fairly certain is that he will end up playing rugby league.

Sportsbet has League is the obvious $1.15 favourite, 15-a-side rugby union is a $5.00 chance, while another crack at Rugby 7s is considered a $34 shot.

You think Hayne could give us another surprise? Well, he is rated a $201 chance to join an AFL club while a shot at soccer is $501.

“We’d be shocked if Jarryd Hayne doesn’t return to the NRL but while he’s a $201 long shot to take up AFL, you probably would’ve got the same price about a move to the NFL before he dropped that bombshell,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.


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