Jarryd Hayne (centre) is tackled during the Gold Coast Titans training session at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on the Gold Coast
Jarryd Hayne (centre) is tackled during the Gold Coast Titans training session at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on the Gold Coast DAVE HUNT

'Buy in Jarryd' - Tigers skipper offers advice to Hayne

RUGBY LEAGUE: Jarryd Hayne needs to change his attitude to meet the Gold Coast Titans halfway, according to Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods.

The NSW State of Origin prop has casually opened fire on his former Blues teammate, inadvertently questioning Hayne's attitude to training.

Hayne's relationship with Titans teammates continues to come under scrutiny following reports he was stood down from Gold Coast's senior leadership group.

The star fullback argued with teammates about a number of commitment issues, including him being overweight, according to The Courier Mail.

He has reportedly been placed on a weight-loss program.

Woods told Sky Sports Radio's Big Sports Breakfast Hayne needs to change for his teammates rather than continue to be treated as a special case.

"He has to buy into what the boys are doing as well," Woods said.

"You just can't go and do your own thing. The team is there. It's not just an individual sport. It's a group activity. It's a hard one, but he should probably buy into it a little bit more and show them he's a bit more focused on training."

He said Hayne's personality means that the Titans need to find a balance between treating him as a special case and trying to adjust his training work ethic.

"He is quite a unique character. Some of the things I've seen him do on the football field are ridiculous," Woods said.

"Some of the young guys coming through, they're a lot different. Some guys like to be loved a bit more. Some like to cop a spray to keep them honest. There's just different types of personalities.

"You want Jarryd playing at his absolute best because that 2014 Origin series, I've never seen anybody do that many things in an Origin game, let alone an NRL game. I don't know a lot of what he's done up there. I've heard he got a fine, but he's a different character and you need to know how to treat them."

 

Hayne is tackled by Mitchell Pearce during the match between the Titans and the Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina
Hayne is tackled by Mitchell Pearce during the match between the Titans and the Sydney Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina DAVE HUNT

Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry was on Monday forced to address the situation, but his attempt to downplay the story backfired dramatically when he stormed off in the middle of a press conference.

Henry had grown tired of repeatedly refusing to discuss Hayne's reported arguments with teammates.

NRL great Matthew Johns says Henry's decision to walk away has intensified the spotlight on the relationship between the Titans and their superstar player.

"What it's done is pour petrol on the story and it's highlighted the pressure of the situation and how it's building on a daily basis," Johns told Triple M's The Grill Team.

"What the Titans need to remember is why they signed Jarryd. They signed him for profile and media exposure which turns into money and sponsorships. You can't pick and choose when you want the media attention and when you don't."

He said the Titans knew what they were getting when they signed Hayne and were aware their recruitment gamble would change the dynamic within the Titans' dressing room - especially if Hayne was treated as a special case with a less intense training program than his teammates.

"The problem with that is you have to be the best player every week and even then it can be problematic," Johns said.

"Last year the Titans got themselves into an incredible position. Most people picked them for the spoon. At least the bottom two. They made the eight and they did it on the back of egalitarianism. Socialism rugby league. Everyone's the same. They got there with discipline and hard work. Suddenly the superstar came in. That's what Jarryd is. While it brought a lot of profile, it's changed the dynamics of the side.

"This is a problem. If your star player is offside with his teammates, it's a real strain on the coach."

It comes after claims Hayne, the Titans' prized recruit of last year, was fined for missing a pre-season training session.

News Corp Australia


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