After failing to make the Fijian rugby sevens team for the Rio Olympics, Jarryd Hayne looks set to achieve his lifelong dream of playing for Parramatta again. The likely departure of Keiran Foran from the club, is set to contribute to Hayne’s likelihood of achieving his dream.
Jarryd Hayne’s lifelong dream had already been to play for the Eels, but having achieved that, in 2014 he followed a new lifelong dream to play NFL. He then quit that to embark on a brand new lifelong dream of representing Fiji in sevens rugby, but with that Olympic dream over before it began, he appears set to embark on a new lifelong dream of playing for Parramatta for a second time.
Keiran Foran, who has been in the headlines for a range of reasons in recent weeks, will leave behind a $5million contract, the proceeds of which should allow Parramatta to fall under the salary cap and re-sign Hayne.
What is a lifelong dream anyway?
The Hayne experience has put the definition of “lifelong dream” in the spotlight. Many wondered how it was possible to have a lifelong dream of playing sevens rugby at the Olympics, when the sport is only being contested for the first time at Rio. It’s one of many purported “life dreams” for Hayne, including, as Broken News reported last month, a lifelong dream to become a NASA astronaut.
A unique opportunity
Few people get to achieve their lifelong dream of playing for the Parramatta Eels once, let alone twice, and it appears that Hayne will have Keiran Foran to thank for that. The Eels have had well-documented salary cap troubles and Foran’s release will be the only way that Parramatta will be.
Hayne is understood to have discussed the switch with friends and confidantes, telling them he is “just taking things one dream at a time”.