The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Canterbury Bulldogs are ready to make a $1 million play to snare Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne.
Hayne is the highest profile player on the Eels roster that has been completely decimated over the last 12 months. While Hayne has had struggles of his own this year, particularly with injury, you couldn’t blame a player of his quality for looking to leave the Eels if he is able to secure a reasonable deal elsewhere.
The Bulldogs have been looking for a replacement for Ben Barba who walked out on the Bulldogs for family reasons that just happened to pay him more money. There were reports that the Bulldogs were chasing New Zealand Warriors fullback Kevin Locke but Locke himself has denied he is looking to leave the Warriors.
This is all of course great news for the sanctity of contracts in the NRL. We are now at a point where coaches and players are all playing musical chairs and while they are still under contract.
While Hayne’s career may be better if he moved to the Bulldogs, he has played his entire career at the Eels and remains one of the very few draw cards the club has.
His loss would be a huge blow to the Eels. With Ricky Stuart having just torn the club apart before leaving, the loss of Hayne would be about as low as things could possible get for the club and its fans.