The last 12 months for Jarryd Hayne have been a whirlwind.
The former Blue and Gold fullback farewelled the Eels in October, 2014 in order to chase his NFL dream, and after a rollercoaster year, the two-time Dally M winner is less than 24 hours away from making it happen.
With Hayne already securing a spot in the San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster after impressing with strong performances in his trials during their preseason, the #HaynePlane is waiting to find out about his inclusion in the 49ers’ season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
Dyldam Parramatta Eels skipper Tim Mannah travelled to the United States late last week to cheer on his former teammate and close friend ahead of his potential NFL debut.
“I am definitely proud of him. I think not many people realise how much guts and courage it actually took to make the move,” Mannah said of Hayne’s journey,
“It’s pretty easy to stay in your comfort zone but he took the punt and it’s paying off for him so we’re proud of him.”
Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur echoed Mannah’s feelings saying, “It’s great you know, we’re proud of him and we’re really excited for him.”
With less than 24 hours until kick-off to find out whether Hayne will play in the San Francisco 49ers season-opener, Mannah admitted he expected the success, however was surprised with how quick it has come.
“I always thought he was going to go well over there, I think he’s probably doing it a bit quicker than everyone expected but I think it’s just the start of a great journey for him.” Mannah said.
“I always thought he was going to make it, to be honest I didn’t think he would make it as quick as he did, but it’s really exciting and it’s great to see everyone’s excitement for him.” Mannah added.
The San Francisco 49ers season-opener against the Vikings kicks off on Tuesday, 12:15pm AEST.
Blue and Gold fans can tune in and cheer on the #HaynePlane at the Parramatta Leagues Club on Tuesday 15 September as they broadcast the game live!