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We want Jarryd Hayne, say Knights, Dragons

AAPAAP 17/05/2016 James MacSmith and Scott Bailey

Speculation is rife Jarryd Hayne will return to rugby league next year. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images Speculation is rife Jarryd Hayne will return to rugby league next year. Coach Paul McGregor says St George Illawarra are interested in luring Jarryd Hayne back to the NRL.

Hayne quit the NFL yesterday in a bid to play rugby union sevens at the Rio Olympics later this year.

Speculation is rife he will return to rugby league next year, after leaving in 2014 to pursue his American dream, and McGregor said the Dragons want to be involved in negotiations if that is the case.

"He's an exceptional talent. I've had a little bit to do with him through Fiji and NSW and we're always after quality players and he is at the top level of that," McGregor told reporters in Wollongong today.

"If he was on the market we would like to be in the mix."

The Dragons became the second NRL club after Newcastle to publicly declare their interest in the former Parramatta superstar.

"We'll definitely meet with his management and have a discussion," Knights boss Matt Gidley told the Newcastle Herald.

"We can and will look at bringing in a marquee player, if we feel that's going to help our squad."

Hayne has previously said he would only return to Parramatta, but whether they could accommodate him under their salary cap for next season remains to be seen.

The Sydney Roosters have been strongly linked to Hayne and would be able to afford him given the talent they have offloaded this season.

Roosters boss John Lee has declined to comment on reports Hayne could resume his NRL career with the Bondi Junction club.

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