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Henry never wanted to sign Hayne

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/08/2017

© Sporting News It's the $1.2 million problem on the Gold Coast that Neil Henry never wanted - Jarryd Hayne.

With the Titans season going from bad-to-worse, journalist Paul Kent told Fox Sports NRL 360 that Henry was against signing the divisive Titans star due to the amount of money the club would have to sacrifice to get him.

“He didn’t want him there because for Neil it was about managing the salary cap, there was too much money being put into one player for the salary cap, the Gold Coast, which we all celebrated at the time, because they went out and they said from a marketing point-of-view he was going to bring ‘X’ number of dollars to the club, that doesn’t help Neil Henry.”

Kent's colleague at The Daily Telegraph Phil Rothfield stated that Henry likes to coach a club with an 'even roster', without having stars on salaries over $200,000 a season.

However, the decision to buy Hayne was heavily backed by the Gold Coast board, a move that has played a part in their shocking season, sitting 14th on the ladder with seven wins from 20 games.

“It was the board that wanted to sign Jarryd Hayne, not the coach,” Kent said.

“So if the board’s going to call Neil Henry in and ask him for a ‘please explain’ about winning or losing the dressing room, about performance, then they have to then tell the coach why they insisted he had to take this player.''

Kent believes this decision has greatly influenced the Titans' disappointing year, despite Hayne scoring eight tries in 14 appearances in 2017.

“It’s not working because his board said, we’ve got this guy here, we’re going to take him here, we’re going to pay him a fortune to play here and suddenly everything Neil Henry had planned for that side is now out of shape,” he said.

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