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Hayne, 26, fresh off claiming the sport’s best and fairest award shocked the rugby league community by informing coaches and management he’d be leaving the game.
“It’s always been my dream of playing in the NFL and at my age, this is my one and only chance at having a crack,” he told a press conference of shocked rugby league reporters.
Hayne also stopped several times and was overcome with tears when discussing his journey from living in housing commission in western Sydney to the pinnacle of rugby league.
“My dream was to buy my Mum a house. I’ve done that.”
Hayne becomes the third big name player to exit the rugby league this season, with both Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams making the switch to rugby union.
He told the press conference, there’s no truth to the rumors he’d be joining the Seattle Seahawks and would give himself 12 months to become (most likely) a punt returner.