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Former Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne has secured a contract on an NFL team, with just visa complications preventing him from signing before Christmas.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Hayne would have already been signed on to a practice squad if it were not for visa issues.
Hayne opted to return to Australia over Christmas, before flying back to the United States shortly after.
It is believed he can sign a contract with an NFL franchise after December 29.
Hayne refused to reveal his new club to the The Daily Telegraph, however reports emerged last week that the former NRL star was closing in on a deal with the Detroit Lions.
The San Diego Chargers are also believed to be in the mix after Hayne chose San Diego as his training base.
Hayne is set to be paid a minimum of £3000-a-week with an NFL franchise.
“The biggest hurdle was the visa and they can’t get it sorted out until just after Christmas,” Hayne told The Daily Telegraph.
“That’s the main reason I have come home, because there is no point if I can’t be with the team. You can’t even be in the facility for longer than 24 hours if you haven’t signed a contract and I couldn’t sign a contract without a visa.
“So we’ll have that sorted after Christmas and then in the new year I’ll have a team.”
Hayne revealed that he would have begun training with his new side two weeks ago if it were not for the visa complications.
“I was meant to start with a team two weeks ago,” he said.
“I had packed my bags and was ready to start the next day, but it wasn’t until I flew into the facility that the visa concerns came up. With the practice squad there is no salary and it’s just a week-to-week basis.
“The immigration said I can sign another contract after December 29, so I just felt like that was a sign to shut it down for a bit and get that rest.
“It’s a long way away from where I want to be, but I’m definitely taking the right steps in the right direction. But the interest has been very overwhelming.”