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Hayne to boost Titans' asking price

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/08/2016 Angelo Risso

Hayne was allowed to sign as he was not registered with the NRL in 2016 and so is exempt from the June 30 deadline for player transfers. © Press Association Hayne was allowed to sign as he was not registered with the NRL in 2016 and so is exempt from the June 30 deadline for player transfers. Jarryd Hayne will make the strapped Gold Coast club both easier to sell and more expensive, says former NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle.

Now the Warriors CEO, Doyle hailed Hayne's signing with the NRL-administered Titans as a positive for the competition and entire code.

He classed Hayne alongside Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and the Warriors' Shaun Johnson as one of the few "superstars" of rugby league and predicted the Titans would receive a healthy boost from their high-cost investment.

"The club has obviously struggled financially for a couple of years," Doyle said.

"They are obviously up for sale and I'm sure today's announcement will make them more sellable, but also make them more expensive."

Doyle had no concerns with the fact Gold Coast were able to acquire the uncontracted Hayne with only five games to play in the NRL regular season.

The eighth-placed Warriors face the seventh-placed Titans on Sunday, with fullback Hayne expected to debut in a match that is crucial to both teams' finals hopes.

Hayne was allowed to sign as he was not registered with the NRL in 2016 and so is exempt from the June 30 deadline for player transfers.

"We'd say it'd be fair if we had to sign an All Black tomorrow and he was available to play for us on Sunday," Doyle said.

"It's the rules and we're fine with that."

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