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NRL: Warriors will need masterplan to keep Hayne Plane grounded

Former Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne will turn out for his new club the Gold Coast Titans against the Warriors on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.
Former Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne will turn out for his new club the Gold Coast Titans against the Warriors on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.

It's hard to know whether jilted Parramatta fans or Warriors supporters will feel more aggrieved by confirmation two-time Dally M winner and international hype machine Jarryd Hayne has signed a two-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans.

Eels fans may have felt entitled to expect the former Parramatta fullback would return to the club he played nine seasons at prior to leaving the NRL at the end of 2014 to try his hand at NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

Warriors fans on the other hand will fear the former NSW and Kangaroos representative will slot straight back into the 13-man game and run out for his new club when they take on the Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon.

If the prospect of a block-busting Konrad Hurrell seeking revenge for being shown the door by the Warriors in late May wasn't bad enough, Andrew McFadden will now need to come up with a masterplan to keep the Hayne Plane grounded.

It's a scary thought with the 28-year-old's speed, power and athleticism sure to add a new dimension to the Titans already impressive form.

The Titans confirmed today that Hayne will be given the green light to make an immediate return to the game.

His inclusion will see ticket sales for Sunday's match soar and his presence will ensure bumper crowd attendances at each of their other four remaining regular season games.

The club is enjoying their best season in five years and poised to play finals football for the first time since 2010, after ending table-leaders Cronulla's 15-game winning run with a hard-fought 18-18 draw on Monday night.

Unfortunately for both Eels and Warriors fans the situation is apparently out of their control and perfectly legitimate under NRL rules.

Eels fans are outraged the former blue and gold favourite son has reneged on the 'lifetime agreement' he referred to when he announced his departure, with his promise that "If I return to the NRL, it will be to Parramatta," apparently forgotten.

However, sentiment counts for nothing in the professional age and given that Hayne is not a registered player the June 30 player transfer deadline does not apply to him.

The Titans are cashed up and able to throw $1.2 million a season at Hayne to trump the Eels' reported offer of $800,000 per year.

Previous player signing dramas have left them in a strong financial position, particularly after Manly playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans last year controversially back-flipped on a four-year deal worth $4 million.

Hayne's reputation as one of the best players to have played in the NRL will have Warriors fans nervous ahead of what is a crucial clash for both side's finals hopes.

The seventh-placed Titans are currently on 23 competition points, with just one point separating them from the eighth-ranked Warriors who have 22 Hayne's signing has already seen the Titans climb the rankings of premiership contenders and many believe he will provide the x-factor to make them a genuine threat to competition heavyweights Cronulla, Melbourne and reigning premiers North Queensland.

The Warriors will hope he needs some time to find his feet back in the NRL after almost two years out of the game.

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