Gold Coast recruit Nathan Peats is all too aware of the similarity between his arrival at the Titans and that of NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne.
Forced out of Parramatta in May as the Eels desperately tried to make themselves salary cap compliant, the 25-year-old was a somewhat reluctant pick-up for the Titans.
Four months on and the Eels’ off-field woes have now played a significant role in the Titans landing dual Dally M medallist Hayne on a lucrative two-year deal.
Hayne says he did all he could to return to the Eels – the club he left in 2014 to pursue a career in the NFL in the United States.
But without a formal offer and the club’s boardroom in disarray, Hayne took up an offer to join Peats at the Titans.
“There’s no-one else to blame but Parramatta themselves I guess,” Peats told AAP.
“I’ve moved on and I’m sure Haynesie’s probably moved on from it now. It’ll probably take him a couple of weeks to settle in here like it did me but you’re still getting paid to play footy so it’s pretty easy to adjust these days.”
Hayne’s arrival has created an instant buzz on the Gold Coast, with expectations of a 27,400 sellout crowd for Sunday’s clash with the Warriors which would eclipse the record crowd for the Titans of 27,227 against Brisbane in a 2009 qualifying final.
Peats said it’s important however for the team to not get too distracted by Hayne’s arrival with the eighth-placed Warriors sitting just one point above the Titans heading into the match.
“If we lose this week and other teams win we could go to 10th,” he said.
“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.
“It’s exciting (to have Hayne) but we’re trying to play it down a bit. We’ve still got a job to do this weekend against the Warriors.”