Parramatta appear set to make a massive play to lure Jarryd Hayne back to the NRL, with star playmaker Kieran Foran walking out on the club, according to the Nine Network.
Foran has asked the club for a release from the final three years of his $5 million deal to address personal problems, Nine reported on Friday evening.
After spending two stints in a rehabilitation facility this year, following the breakdown of his long-term relationship, the New Zealand Test five-eighth has sought time away from the game.
He is believed to have informed club management of his desire to leave and has reportedly sent a message to teammates apologising for his sudden departure but explained he had private issues to address.
“Guys I’m sorry that I have had to make this decision. But at this stage of my life, I need time to sort out my private matters and I will continue to support u from afar,” Foran said in the text, Nine reported.
Foran last week was issued with a breach notice and stripped of the club captaincy after failing to show up for a recovery session while he rehabilitated a season-ending shoulder injury.
The Kiwi international is already being linked to a return to Manly.
He could also move to Canterbury to rejoin former coach Des Hasler, with whom he won the 2011 premiership at the Sea Eagles, or decide on a switch to the Sydney Roosters to play alongside good mate Mitchell Pearce.
Foran has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury suffered in round 11 and managed just nine appearances in his debut year in the blue and gold.
He has had a troubled year, being treated for depression in a Brisbane clinic in late April following an overdose of prescription medicine.
He has also involved in a battle with the Sea Eagles over third-party agreements worth $150,000.
If Foran does leave the Eels, it could pave the way for Hayne to return after his stint in the NFL and his endeavours to play rugby sevens for Fiji at the Rio Olympics.
The drama continues a year from hell for Parramatta, labelled their “worst ever” by club great Peter Sterling.