Hayne’s promise to Titans teammates
JARRYD Hayne has told his Titans teammates he will not be walking out on the Gold Coast.
The Titans hit the training paddock on Thursday morning for their first fitness session of the 2018 pre-season under new coach Garth Brennan.
Hayne has been linked with a move back to Parramatta, mostly for family reasons, and is currently on World Cup duty with Fiji.
Hayne has publicly denied he wants to quit the Titans and told his teammates in a group messaging chat he will be staying, according to forward Ryan James.
"We're expecting him to come back," he said.
"He said on the 'WhatsApp' (group chat) he hasn't spoken to anyone (other clubs) yet.
"We're expecting him back when he's due back.
"He has kept in contact with all of us. He spoke to all of us and let us know.
"I've got no doubts (he wants to stay) from what he's said to us so hopefully that happens."
Hayne has not requested a release from the Titans, however the club is aware his young daughter is living in NSW.
Hayne had an uninspiring 2017 NRL campaign and was involved in a feud with former coach Neil Henry, who was sacked late in the season as the Titans languished near the bottom of the ladder.
Hayne has produced some moments of brilliance in the World Cup, albeit against poor opposition, and James said the Titans were banking on him being at his best in 2018.
"Jarryd is a big part of our team," he said.
"When he is firing there are not many people that can stop him.
"He has been playing great for Fiji and looks like he's having fun doing that as well.
"Hopefully he can bring that back into the squad early next year."