Eels unworried by Hayne’s ARU negotiations

Parramatta are unfazed by reports Jarryd Hayne is edging towards signing with rugby union, saying they’re content with their roster.

Hayne’s future is up in the air after he failed to make the final cut for the Fiji Rugby Sevens Olympic squad.

The 28-year-old departed Parramatta for a stint in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 and the Eels remain in the hunt for his signature.

However, Hayne on Wednesday met with ARU officials about signing with the NSW Waratahs and is considering an option to play Super Rugby and moonlight in Japanese Rugby.

The Sydney Roosters, South Sydney and Newcastle have all ruled themselves out of the race for the cross-code star with the Eels and Gold Coast the NRL sides left vying for his services.

Asked if he felt nervous after seeing photos of Hayne meeting with the ARU, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said: “That’s fine. We’re really happy with our list and our squad moving forward and if Jarryd wants to be part of that, that’s great.

“If he doesn’t, he’s got to do what’s best for Jarryd.”

Eels star playmaker Kieran Foran has asked for a release from the final three years of his deal, potentially creating salary cap space for the recruitment of Hayne.

In 2012, the Eels and the NRL bungled a deal to get Israel Folau, who had just finished a stint in the AFL to the club, but Arthur said he didn’t have any fears if the club missed out on a blue-chip player this time around with Hayne.

“I think it’s a big moment for Jarryd and what he wants to do for the rest of his career,” Arthur said.

“If he doesn’t want to play rugby league, there’s no point anyone trying to force him.”

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