MARQUEE MAN: New signing Jarryd Hayne arrives for a training session on the Gold Coast.
MARQUEE MAN: New signing Jarryd Hayne arrives for a training session on the Gold Coast. DAN PELED

Henry tries to rein in Jarryd Hayne mania

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry will not get caught up in Hayne mania sweeping the Gold Coast.

Henry is likely to make Titans fans wait a little to see the club's glamour signing Jarryd Hayne make his NRL comeback against the Warriors at Cbus Stadium on Sunday.

Hayne's shock signing on Wednesday ignited a social media firestorm from angry Parramatta supporters overnight and also prompted the Eels to counter claims from their former superstar the club had not made him an offer to come home.

He said during his press conference he had not received an offer from Parramatta, whom he has played for since he was 13, but the club insists it put an $800,000 offer to Hayne's manager - well short of the reported $1.2 million a season the Titans tossed at him.

Titans officials are hoping Hayne's desire to play against the Warriors, will have an immediate "bums on seats” impact.

Henry though is unlikely to throw Hayne into the deep end and he probably won't debut in his preferred position at fullback, a position that could Test him physically.

He is also aware Hayne will need time to adjust to the physicality of rugby league which he hasn't played since leaving Parramatta to chase his NFL dream with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Warriors are one of the most physically aggressive sides in the NRL and they will make sure Hayne is welcomed back with a bang.

Hayne's signing has created a huge buzz on the Gold Coast. His former NSW teammate and now Titan teammate Greg Bird, did a sales pitch to Henry to play Hayne straight up.

"He was over in America training as a power athlete and then he went to Fiji and trained as an endurance athlete so I'm sure he could fit in to our scheme and it wouldn't take him long to pick up where he left off,” Bird told NRL.com.

"He won two man-of-the-match awards in Origin playing on the wing, when we won the World Cup he played centre and killed it at centre.

"His 2009 campaign was at fullback and he killed it at fullback.

"He's a game-changer.

"He brings an ability to score tries on his own and create opportunities.

"We probably haven't had a real ball-playing fullback in the past. I'm sure he'll fit it into that role. Hopefully he can come in on our search for a finals campaign.”

Henry, however, cautioned fans not to expect too much too soon from the Hayne Plane.


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