Gold Coast Titans to have crisis talks to defuse escalating Hayne-Henry feud

Jarryd Hayne says he will quit the Titans if he’s not
wanted by coach Neil Henry.

THE power battle between Gold Coast coach Neil Henry
and star player Jarryd Hayne has taken a dramatic escalation,
with a crisis meeting called for Monday to address the
“demoralising” impact of their feud.

In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the Titans
revealed that Chairwoman Rebecca Frizzel and chief executive
Graham Annesley would meet with both warring parties “to seek
further explanation of recent developments and determine the
appropriate course forward”.

“These distractions are demoralising to our entire playing
group, members, sponsors, and everyone who supports the
Titans,” the statement continued.

“The issues involved must be addressed in the best interests of
the clubs future.”

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NRL: Mark ‘Spud’ Carroll has unleashed on the Titans
lack of effort and has called for the media to stop
blaming coaches look more intently at lazy players.

Meanwhile, rugby league great Darren Lockyer believes the
pair’s relationship has become untenable.

Despite being on contract for the 2018 NRL season, Hayne’s
future on the Queensland holiday strip is under a cloud after
he declared he would leave the club if Henry wanted him gone.

Hayne told News Corp the coach didn’t talk to him in the week
leading up to Saturday’s heavy loss to St George Illawarra and
he would consult his manager to figure out if he was wanted or
not.

Henry is under pressure to keep his job after his side suffered
their 14th loss of the season while the NRL has the club up for
sale.

Lockyer doubted both men could remain at the club beyond this
year.

“I think it is,” Lockyer told the Sunday Footy Show when asked
if Hayne’s future at the Titans was in jeopardy.

“From the outside looking in, it looks like the relationship
between the coach and Jarryd is untenable.

“It’ll be an interesting new few weeks.”

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feud.

Lockyer couldn’t see how their relationship could be patched up
but pointed out it would be no easy matter for Hayne, who is
earning $1.2 million a year, to find a new club at this late
stage with many rival clubs under salary cap pressure already.

Fellow great Brad Fittler, who has worked with Hayne as coach
of NSW City Origin team, said the fullback was looking
unmotivated and slammed him for speaking publicly about his
gripes with Henry.

He questioned how Hayne’s career would end.

“He’s the type of bloke if for some reason he found some
motivation, and he got really fit in this off-season, he could
turn it around for the final years of his playing career and
really come out the other end,” Fittler said.

“It looks like he’s being a little bit lazy at the moment. He
can go that way and fade out.”

Originally published as
‘Demoralising’: Titans order Hayne-Henry meeting

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