Australian coach Mal Meninga has slammed reports linking Jarryd Hayne with an exit from the Gold Coast Titans.
The Daily Telegraph suggested on Thursday that Hayne wanted to headed back to Sydney but Meninga said Hayne had not earned the right to walk away from the club.
“Honestly, I think he’s let the Titans down,” Meninga said .
“He hasn’t played well enough to do that.
“I think he needs to make sure that he stays at the club and plays the best he possibly can for them.
“They’re the ones who invested in him and he hasn’t invested back in the club.”
The Titans released the following statement:
“In response to extensive media reporting this morning, the club makes the following points:
“1. Jarryd Hayne is contracted to the Titans for the 2018 season.
“2. The Titans have not been in negotiation with any other club regarding the future of Jarryd Hayne.
“3. There has been no application made for Jarryd to be released from his Titans contract.
“4. It is the Titans expectation that Jarryd will return for pre season [sic] training after his World Cup commitments with Fiji, and his annual leave entitlements, have been completed.
“5. The club will not be making any further comment on the matter unless any of the above circumstances unexpectedly change.”