RE: Jarryd Hayne
posted in National Rugby League
He’s a few years younger than me and due to various circumstances. I saw him play footy since about the age of 15 or 16.
Around the same time I heard he was a freak in athletics and took out national titles without ever having a coach or proper training.
The first time I saw him play, there was never any doubt in my mind he would be a great player.
He was a big kid and scored four or five tries without breaking a sweat. He had a truckload of confidence (most would say arrogance) which told you he wouldn’t be awed at the top level.
I never totally liked the guy but enjoyed seeing him do well over the years. Some of the stuff that he did single-handedly for Parramatta and NSW was like watching that 15 year old kid all over again.
It really blew my mind to then see him play for the 49ers and I was disappointed he didn’t make it.
After that, he never seemed to me like the same person when he came back to play for the Titans. He’d lost the spark he had before.
Personally, the stuff that came out of the recent court case is absolutely sickening and I hope they throw the book at the bloke. For mine, this will now always define him rather than his on-field achievements.
I also hope the NRL will take a step back and think about the culture of the game, as I think there’s a chance this case is symptomatic of deeper problems in the game.