Jarryd ‘Hayne Plane’ Hayne is the man who went to the NFL and had a crack at glory. You can only respect him for going over. If you haven’t seen his story on 60 minutes you should check it out.
The Hayne Plane was one of the NRL’s biggest stars and left when he was peaking. He had just won the first State of Origin series with New South Wales in 9 years playing at his favourite position fullback. Hayne as some people say is a ‘freak’.
Since coming back from the NFL after some would say a disaster of a debut game which arguably saw him dropped from the San Fransisco 49ers, he stayed in the training squad but shortly announced his retirement from the NFL due to ‘not wanting to learn the new playbook’ as the 49ers had hired a new coach, Chip Kelly. Hayne soon went for the Fijian national sevens team with the hopes of playing in the 2016 Olympic games which was held in Brazil although he was never selected.
Hayne Plane is now contracted to the Gold Coast Titans and is one of the highest paid players in the NRL at $1.2 million dollars a season. The only other player getting paid more than Hayne is Daly Cherry-Evans at $1.3 million a season.
Hayne’s getting paid more than Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Shaun Johnson, Sam Burgess, Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita.
When you look at the list of players he’s effectively worth more than, is he actually worth it?
Let’s compare him to the other top paid backs in the NRL and a player getting paid $1,000,000 less than Hayne a season – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (850K a season), Josh Duagn (800k a season) and Will Hopoate (150k a season).
The Titans are better off with out him IMO. That kind of salary cap could bring in 3 or more guns for the team.