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REVEALED: The outstanding amount Parramatta couldn't afford to convince Hayne

Sporting News Sporting News 14/10/2016

© Provided by Sportal com au The Parramatta Eels would have had to pay superstar Jarryd Hayne a whopping $100,000 a game to return to his junior club in 2016, totalling to $500,000 for him to wear the blue and gold again.

Eels administrator Max Donnelly said the club couldn't afford that pricetag although they did place a reasonable offer.

''We couldn’t make the eight and it would have cost $500,000 to $600,000 to have him play out the season,'' Donnelly told The Parramatta Advertiser.

''We were happy to offer him a contract for the next three years worth $2.5 million, but the Gold Coast offered him $2.4 million over two years and the opportunity to play this year, which is something that we couldn’t do.'''

The Gold Coast fullback put $600,000 ahead of his former club who were in one of their darkest of times and could have used a helping hand from their favourite son.

He earnt almost double that sum the year before his return to rugby league thanks to a lavish contract with Telstra.Talk about loyalty.

It seems Hayne was telling fibs when he told the media the Eels weren't in discussions with him.

''The only thing that annoyed me is that he said ­Parramatta never made him an offer. With every discussion, a verbal agreement is reached before a contract is made,'' Donnelly claimed.

''Jarryd didn’t help ­himself, and he alienated himself from a lot of ­Parramatta fans.''

Donnelly didn't write off Parra's chance of luring one of their greatest products back home.

''I wouldn’t give up hope of bringing him back,” Donnelly said.

''When his contract is up at the Gold Coast he will still be only 30 … but that would be the coach’s decision.''

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