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Daley sees Hayne back in the Origin frame

NZN 24/04/2017 Scott Bailey

NSW coach Laurie Daley has given his biggest hint yet that Jarryd Hayne will return to the Blues' State of Origin side.

Hayne was the Gold Coast's best in their upset 16-12 win over Cronulla on Saturday night - his first game back from an ankle injury in five weeks.

Hayne hasn't been available to play Origin since leaving the NRL for the NFL in 2014, and has struggled for game time since returning for the Titans at the end of last year.

But Daley was impressed by what he saw in the man-of-the-match performance on Saturday night, and said he would likely be back in a Blues' jersey next month.

"He be would pretty hard to leave out if he plays some good football between now and Origin," Daley told Fox League's NRL 360.

"He'll get better with the more games he plays. The touches that he had were quality."

At his best, Hayne would be an undeniable asset for the Blues.

He was their player of the series in the 2014 victory - the only year they have claimed the Origin shield since 2006.

The former Eels fullback has also scored nine tries in 20 Origin matches since his debut in 2007.

He can also step in on either the wing or in the centres, if Daley persists with Wests Tigers' James Tedesco at fullback.

Hayne's return hasn't been without issue - he's regularly had his commitment and fitness questioned over a drama-filled pre-season at the Titans.

But Daley said he has never had any problems with Hayne in camp, and said he was happy with his conditioning.

"When he comes with us he is as good as gold," Daley said.

"I think he's lost a little bit of weight - he looked a bit trimmer to me Jarryd - which is good."

Hayne revealed on Saturday night he had spoken with Daley about trying to make himself ready and available for the Origin series.

He also confirmed on Saturday night he would skip the representative round in a fortnight to improve his conditioning ahead of an Origin series he was hopeful of playing.

"(Daley) just said he wants me to get back out there, get healthy. Every year I played Origin, I just worry about my form and the rest will worry about itself," Hayne said.

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