Hayne desperate to seize second Eels chance

Jarryd Hayne hopes to repay the faith of Parramatta Eels after taking a huge pay cut to re-join the team from Gold Coast Titans.

The versatile 29-year-old struggled to find his best form in Queensland after returning to NRL following a stint in NFL, which saw him briefly appear for San Francisco 49ers.

Sydney-born Hayne starred for the Eels from 2006 until 2014 and hopes to help to team improve on their semi-final loss to North Queensland Cowboys last season.

"As I said yesterday, my decision to return to Sydney wasn't taken lightly so I am grateful that Brad [Arthur] and the Eels have offered me the opportunity to return to the Club," Hayne said in a statement on the Parramatta website.

"Eels members and fans have been behind me throughout my career and I want to use this second chance to repay that faith and support.

"I look forward to returning to training in early January 2018 and am keen to work hard and play my part for the team in building on last year's finals run."

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Eels coach Arthur said: "There is no one in the game that I know who has given up the considerable amount of money that he's turned his back on.

"Most blokes of his calibre, if they're moving clubs they're getting a pay increase, not a pay decrease.

"They are all the right reasons. He's not coming back because of money, he's coming back because he wants to play with his teammates, for the club he loves and grew up playing for.

"We want him back too."

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