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Jarryd Hayne has sensationally left the Parramatta Eels to pursue an NFL career in the United States.
Hayne had been named in the Kangaroos’ Four Nations squad to take on New Zealand on October 25, but has withdrawn from the Australia squad to arrange the code-swap.
In a statement on the Eels website, Hayne said he has gained a release from the Eels to head over to the States.
“Today I can officially announce that I will be heading to the United States to pursue an opportunity to play American football,” Hayne said in the statement.
“I will be withdrawing from the Kangaroos Four Nations side immediately, and accepting a conditional release from the Eels to make the move overseas.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and at my age, this is my one and only chance at having a crack at playing there.
“I’m excited about the potential opportunities that lie ahead. I’ve known the deadline has been looming for me to make this call, and I believe the right time is now.
“I’m so passionate about the challenge that lies ahead for me, not only as an athlete but more so as a person. It’s the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life.
“I’m leaving my team-mates, friends, and most importantly my family; but for me to grow as an athlete and a person I feel this is the right step to take.”
The Eels full-back travelled to the United States in September for a personal tour of the Seattle Seahawks’ operations.
The tour was initially thought to be a precursor to the Eels’s training camp in Seattle in November, however a 10-day stay at the Washington Huskies seems to have laid the foundations for a move to gridiron.