RWU HQ – When former National Rugby League star Jarryd Hanye announced he was leaving rugby to pursue a career in the NFL in October, the news shook the rugby world.
Well, it turns out it might have all been worth it because the former Parramatta Eels footballer visited with the Detroit Lions for the second time earlier this week and the NFC North leaders have expressed interest in signing the daul-sport athlete. According to The Daily Telegraph, Hayne is closing in on a deal with the Detroit Lions.
“It (a deal) could be tomorrow or it could be next month,” the rugger’s manager Wayne Beavis said, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell even addressed the possibility of bringing in the former rugby star in his news conference on Monday.
“We take a look at a lot of different people all the time,” Caldwell said. “It’s a constant sort of exploration for us, where we’re always trying to look to find ways to improve and we’re looking at every option that’s out there, available to us.”
The fit comes as no surprise considering Detroit running back Reggie Bush has been one of Hayne’s biggest supporters in the league. And not to mention, the Lions have already have some experience with a rugby star switching to football when Carlin Isles joined the club last year.
Hayne, who has been training as a running back and has drawn some interest as a kick returner, also visited two NFC West franchises recently – the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
According to the Detriot Free Press, an e-mail from Hayne’s agent, Jack Betcha, read that “Jarryd was impressed with the Lions staff and players” but that “no decision is imminent, as we have to explore all options.”
It’ll be interesting to see how things unfold for Hayne in the coming days and weeks, and if an update on Jarryd Hayne’s situation develops we’ll have you covered here at RWU!
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