Hayne granted release by Titans

Jarryd Hayne has been linked with a return to Parramatta Eels following his release from Gold Coast Titans on Thursday.

The Titans and code-hopper Hayne mutually agreed to release the two-time NRL Dally M Medallist from the final year of his contract.

Hayne - who enjoyed a spell in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers - and the Titans dismissed reports he was looking to leave the club at the start of November but the 29-year-old's future has now been decided.

"The last 16 months have been testing and joyful all wrapped up into one," Hayne said.

"I thank the Titans members, fans, board, staff and players for what they have done for me and my family over that time, with special mention Rebecca Frizelle, Graham Annesley and Anthony Laffranchi.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time on the coast, I love the community and the laid-back lifestyle. I thank every person, fan and sponsor that I've met during my time here and wish the Titans all the best in 2018."

Hayne, who arrived at the Titans mid-2016, played 17 games for the Gold Coast franchise during the 2017 season.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley said: "There is no doubt his signing was the biggest coup in the Titans short history, and although it hasn't worked out as everyone had hoped, including Jarryd, the club has benefited in many ways from his presence. We wish Jarryd nothing but the best for his future both on and off the field."

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