Dyldam Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne says he’s moved past his fear about leaving the NRL to take a chance in the NFL, and ready to face the trials of taking on a new sport in 2015.
The Eels local junior, dual Dally M-winner, State of Origin and International star will leave Australia this month to head to the United States and being training in American Football.
Planning to start his training in Los Angeles, Hayne has secured a conditional release from the final year of his Eels contract, and while he hasn’t as yet held discussions with any clubs, is hopeful of earning trial opportunities in the NFL over the coming twelve months.
“It’s been about 12 months now that I’ve seriously considered this,” Hayne said.
“I’ve passed the fear stage; I’ve wrestled with my emotions and realised that this is where my heart lies.”
“When your heart desires something like that you’re willing to face the trials and tribulations that come upon you and that’s what I’m ready for.”
For the former Blue and Gold co-captain, perhaps the biggest challenge in taking the leap and leaving the NRL was telling his coach, Brad Arthur.
“I think the biggest fear for me to tell someone was Brad,” Hayne said.
“That was always going to be the hardest thing. For him to understand and to get his reaction was such a huge blessing. I wanted his blessing before anything happened to make sure that he knew I was doing it for the right reasons.”
“I guess the fans as well: there are going to be a lot of fans out there that are going to be a bit upset
but hopefully with all this media and these interviews that they understand.”
“I spoke to all the boys this morning and told them I love them, and I guess to all the fans, I’ve appreciated every moment at Parra (Parramatta).”
“To not only the Parra fans, but every fan out there that’s supported me and that I’ve been able to entertain I thank you for that.”