As Jarryd Hayne announced his departure from the Eels to head to the United States, his teammates, former teammates and rugby league legends were ready to wish him luck pursuing his NFL dream.
Hayne announced his plans on Wednesday, and said that before telling the world, he made sure to tell his teammates, who are currently all over the world on their off-season holidays.
I spoke to them this morning," Hayne said.
"I told all the the boys and they know I love them."
And from Tim Mannah to former teammate Eric Grothe Junior, Socceroos legend Maty Ryan and rugby legaue legend Chris Close, the Eels and NRL community was behind Hayne's "gamble". See some of their responses below!
Bittersweet feeling. Sad to lose a freak of a team mate in @jarrydhayne_1, but also excited to see one of my best mates chase his dream!— Tim Mannah (@tim_mannah) October 15, 2014
Good luck to @jarrydhayne_1 ,gonna miss him in the blue n gold next year, but we r right behind him. Wish him all the success in the world \ud83d\udc4d— David Gower (@Gowie_) October 15, 2014
YYEEEEAAAHHHH @jarrydhayne_1 With the right practice, Haynezy has the weaponry to DOMINATE. All the best mate. Fortune favours the brave. \ud83d\udc4a— Eric Grothe Junior (@EricGrotheJnr) October 15, 2014
Jarryd Hayne is a fine young man and i hope he gets to realise his dreams. #onyajarryd— Chris C Close (@chop59) October 15, 2014
Going from a kid playing in the backyard you always wanted to be the "HaynePlane" and to playing along side a player of his calibre the past year and a half has been unreal . Wish ya all the best Champ ! @jarrydhayne_1 #gamechanger #rememberISetYouUpaTry #Cc #thechampisher \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02\ud83d\ude02
Respect my bruh✊ @jarrydhayne_1