Greg Inglis would welcome a return to the NRL for Jarryd Hayne.
Former Parramatta superstar Hayne announced his decision to quit the NFL on Monday in a bid to play rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics later this year.
In the process Hayne has opened the door on a possible return to the NRL in 2017.
It is something South Sydney captain Inglis wants to witness.
“There is no doubt he is a great talent, our game is about showcasing great talent, so in the future I would like to see him back in the NRL,” Inglis said at Souths training at Coogee Oval on Monday.
“But at the moment he has made his choice about going to rugby union and I wish him all the best of luck.”
Does Inglis think it will happen?
“He obviously wants to go and play in the Olympics but if we (rugby league) can fit him on the books, sure,” Inglis said.
Hayne left the NRL at the end of the 2014 season to join the San Francisco 49ers.
His manager Wayne Beavis indicated on Monday morning a return to the NRL was a possibility.
“We haven’t had a chance to talk about plan B but I’m sure there will be no lack of opportunities for him should he come back to Australia and want to play rugby league again or rugby union,” Beavis told Triple M.
“Every club would love to have him. But it’s never been a plan B because our first option was to succeed in the NFL.”
Hayne said in February, Parramatta would be the only club he would join if he was to make a return to the NRL.
However that hasn’t dampened speculation linking him to Sydney Roosters.
The Roosters lost a number of key players ahead of this season and are said to be $600,000 under the salary cap for 2016. That is money that could be used as a sign-on fee for a player such as Hayne.
However Roosters boss John Lee wouldn’t buy into any hype surrounding Hayne.
“The Roosters will not comment on media speculation,” Lee told AAP.