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NRL: Warriors happy to encounter Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne and Titans boss Graham Annesley during a press conference. Photo / Getty
Jarryd Hayne and Titans boss Graham Annesley during a press conference. Photo / Getty

The Warriors have no issues with Jarryd Hayne walking straight into the Titans starting line-up for Sunday's vital clash on the Gold Coast after the former Parramatta fullback today announced his immediate return to the NRL.

Hayne stunned the league world by announcing he would join the Titans for the remainder of this year and the 2017 and 2018 seasons on a deal worth $1.2 million per season.

Despite the prospect of the two-time Dally M winner boosting the Titans for a match vital to both team's finals hopes, with the Titans currently seventh on the NRL ladder and the Warriors in eighth position, Warriors managing director Jim Doyle has no problems with Hayne debuting at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.

With Hayne not being a registered player, the NRL's June 30 transfer deadline does not apply to him, and the Titans had enough room to move under the salary cap to make him a lucrative offer.

"That's obviously the rules inside the NRL," said Doyle. "He hasn't come from a rugby league club which obviously therefore means the June 30 rule doesn't apply.

"Because he's not coming from a rugby league club the NRL would have approved his registration immediately which means you can play.

"That's just the rules of the game and we're pretty excited that he's back so it's good for the code.

"He's one of the many superstars of the game. It's good to see him going to the Gold Coast. They're a team that needs a few players to increase their crowds and membership and make them a successful team."

Hayne's signature is a tremendous coup for the Titans after the club embarked on several failed player signings, including Manly playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans' controversial backflip last year on a four-year deal worth $4 million.

Doyle was comfortable the Titans had been able to pay market value for Hayne without breaking the salary cap rules or receiving any special financial assistance from the NRL.

The Titans would have had to satisfy the NRL that their contract offer reflected Hayne's true market value and Doyle was adamant the game's governing body would not authorise his registration if his salary did not reflect his true worth.

"I don't believe that for a minute," he said. "They certainly had some money available in their cap, I don't know how much, but I'm sure this is something they'll be able to justify.

"They could easily fit him in for x number of games this year. If the NRL felt that it was realistic they would approve it and if they didn't then they wouldn't."

- NZ Herald

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