After Prime-Minister Malcolm Turnbull called Jarryd Hayne to inform him he was was an “unsuitable candidate” to represent Australia as Secretary-General of the United Nations, the football star has agreed to sign a deal with the Gold Coast Titans.
Hayne had hoped to be considered for the top UN job, and had indicated it was his lifelong dream to take the senior diplomatic posting, his eleventh lifelong dream in as many months.
When Kevin Rudd was unsuccessful in his tilt for the job, Hayne sounded out senior politicians including Foreign Minister Julie Bishop about his own likelihood to be considered for the role in Mr Rudd’s place. But in a phone call earlier today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull broke the news to Hayne that he would not receive cabinet support, due to his lack of experience as a diplomat.
Like Rudd, Hayne threatened to release his correspondence with the Prime-Minister on the issue but rather than distribute the two unintelligible WhatsApp messages, he decided to focus his energy elsewhere and instead signed a deal with the Gold Coast Titans to continue his Rugby League career.
Hayne is said to be very excited about his trip to the Gold Coast.
“It’s been a lifelong dream to get a 3 Park Superpass,” Hayne told a packed a press conference. “Did you know it includes admission to Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild for the one low price?”
It’s understood that in honour of Hayne’s arrival on the Gold Coast, that Dreamworld will be renamed Lifelong Dreamworld as a nod to the many lifelong dreams Hayne has pursued this past year, including playing NFL for the 49ers and representing Fiji at the Olympic Games.
Hayne has also been encouraged by the news that Jetstar has renamed its JQ410 service from Sydney to Brisbane as the “Hayne Plane”, although Hayne has privately pointed out to friends that he is unlikely to catch the Jetstar flight as he is “more of a Qantas business class kind of bloke these days”.