Parramatta are shaping as Jarryd Hayne's most likely destination if the Gold Coast release the controversial star.

Parramatta are shaping as Jarryd Hayne's most likely destination if the Gold Coast release the controversial star.

Hayne is said to want out of the final year of his $1.2 million Titans contract for personal reasons, but has yet to inform the club of his intentions.

UNSETTLED: Jarryd Hayne

UNSETTLED: Jarryd Hayne

The 29-year-old made 176 NRL appearances for the Eels before controversially departing to pursue his NFL dream with San Francisco.

His stint with the 49ers lasted only one season and it was expected he would immediately return to the blue and golds. However, he instead signed with the Titans, although the move has been a poor fit for both parties.

It's understood Parramatta would consider taking Hayne back on their terms, which would require him to take a hefty pay cut.

"We don't comment publicly on recruitment matters," Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said.

Parramatta have salary-cap room and a back-line position available after the departure of Semi Radradra to French rugby. However, any deal would rely on the Titans releasing Hayne.

Gold Coast CEO Graham Annesley said he was "blindsided" by suggestions Hayne wants off the holiday strip.

"We haven't been asked for a release from Jarryd Hayne, so there's nothing I can add to it," Annesley said.

"We haven't seen him since the season ended, he's been on holidays and then Fijian duties. There's been no request for a release, as far as we're concerned he is a Titans contracted player. It's completely blindsided me, the whole story."

Hayne's stint on the Gold Coast has been an unhappy one.

He was involved in a much-publicised feud with Neil Henry that ultimately cost the coach his job, sacked with a year remaining on his contract.

It was hoped that Hayne would refocus and honour the final year of his contract, particularly after new coach Garth Brennan employed two of Hayne's closest allies, former Parramatta staffers Hayden Knowles and Craig Catterick.

Upon his appointment, Brennan had spoken of his excitement about the prospect of working with Hayne and revealed he would consider switching him to five-eighth for the 2018 season.

The Titans were forced to release a media release which stated: "It is the Titans' expectation that Jarryd will return for pre-season training after his World Cup commitments with Fiji, and his annual leave entitlements, have been completed."

It has been a horror year for the Titans.

They sacked Henry, finished second-last above only Newcastle on the competition ladder and have had their major sponsor, Aquis, opt not to take up their option on their $1.2 million-per-season deal.

The club also remains without an owner as the NRL tries to get the troubled franchise off their books.


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