Hayne: I won't be leaving 49ers for NRL return


NFL convert Jarryd Hayne said it would be "foolish" to believe rumours linking him with a return to the NRL.

Hayne has been the talk of Australia, with NRL clubs reportedly lining up to sign the two-time Dally M Medallist after he was demoted to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad.

Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters are believed to be ready to splash the cash to lure Hayne back home but the 27-year-old insisted he has unfinished business in the United States.

"I mean, if I was going to go back, I wouldn't have even come, so it's a stupid question," Hayne told reporters on Friday after manager Wayne Beavis poured cold water on talk of him leaving during the week.

"I guess the media back home obviously are trying to make stories and trying to obviously use my name to make headlines. But it's just foolish and only fools would believe that.

"It's pretty obvious teams would want me back there. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that.

"With everything I've done, I'm not even sure why it's still a question. It's stupid for people to actually believe it."

Hayne's future has been up in the air since he was cut from the 49ers' 53-man squad last month, with rival NFL teams allowed to sign him to their active rosters.

The Australian was released and waived in favour of promoted running back Kendall Gaskins, only to be assigned to San Francisco's practice squad.

"That's with my agent. For me, I just want to focus on learning and getting better every day," Hayne responded when asked if he had been contacted by other NFL franchises.

"There was definitely a time there when there were thoughts ... but I just want to learn all the basics and the schemes here [in San Francisco]."