The Parramatta Eels have released a club statement saying they did offer Jarryd Hayne a contract, despite Hayne claiming no offer was put forward.
Hayne signed a record deal with the Gold Coast Titans this week, after previously stating that he had a lifetime contract at Parramatta.
“The Parramatta Eels did communicate an offer to Jarryd Hayne’s management in the past 48 hours,” interim Parramatta CEO Bevan Paul said. “This offer was made after reviewing the consequences of the NRL Salary Cap decision and the importance of maintaining a strong roster for 2017 and 2018.
“While it was a substantial offer, we were advised by Jarryd’s management that it was not comparable to the other proposals. The Club wishes Jarryd well in his future endeavours.”
The statement has created a spiral of criticism from Parramatta fans towards their former fullback.
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Cronk signs two-year extension
After spending 12 years at the Melbourne Storm, Cooper Cronk is set to finish his career in Melbourne as a one-club player after inking a two-year deal. The deal will take the Kangaroos and Maroons halfback into 2018 where he will be 34-years-old and will more than likely retire.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy was proud to announce Cronk’s extension. “Cooper is a Melbourne Storm person through and through, he cares deeply about what the club stands for and makes sure the playing group lives our values on a daily basis.”
Gallen to play one more year
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen will play one more season after re-signing with the Sharks. Gallen’s side are looking at claiming a maiden premiership this season, after having a remarkable 15-game winning streak. “At club level I want to do that,” Gallen said. “At Origin level I have had my time there but I really enjoy my club football and I wouldn’t mind playing on, we just have to nut that out.”
Gallen’s new contract means that he is a possible 300 game one club player joining the likes of Darren Lockyer and Nathan Hindmarsh. – Jarvis Small.
Photo of Jarryd Hayne’s first training session with the Titans from Fiji NSW Rugby League’s Facebook page.