Gold Coast will hold crisis talks with coach Neil Henry and superstar Jarryd Hayne on Monday after their relationship soured publicly.
There’s a general feeling only one of Hayne and Henry can survive beyond the end of this season if the Titans are to be successful, however the club is still holding out some hope of settling lingering tension between the pair when they meet on Monday.
“I’m contracted here and I’d like to stay here a long time”.
The issues involved must be addressed in the best interests of the clubs future.
As for speculation in the media that the decision to sack Henry has already been made, the former Raiders and Cowboys mentor said he remains focused on finishing the season strongly and staying on next season.
That uncertainty only intensified after the Titans’ loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday afternoon, when Jarryd Hayne conceded he would walk away from the club if he was told he was unwanted.
“It’s not like we don’t talk to each other”. We spoke prior to the game, we spoke in the team preview so that’s not quite right.
“There’s no feud between us and he’d admit that as well”.
There are now serious doubts about whether both men can remain at the NRL club next season, with rugby league Darren Lockyer saying the partnership appears untenable.
Asked whether Hayne was a team player, Henry responded: “That’s a difficult one – he’s part of a team and he works hard”. It’s not about me, it’s not about him, it’s about the Titans brand, it’s about how we play football, it’s about getting on with our jobs in a professional way and I’m sure we can do that.
“He’s certainly not on his own in our roster. Some guys have been very consistent with their football but he hasn’t and he would admit to that as well”.
Hayne has not fit in with Henry’s methods and cultural standards and the relationship struggled to improve over the course of the season. He’s contracted here as much as I’m contracted here, time will tell around that. He’s disappointed not being able to string together quality performances but he’s not on his own there.
The board is slated to reconvene next week, though reports from north of the border suggest Henry may be marched as soon as Friday, once the Titans’ round 24 showdown with Parramatta is done and dusted.
Hayne claimed he hadn’t spoken to Henry in the week after Gold Coast’s thumping 54-0 loss to Brisbane last week – a huge concern for a club battling to attract fans and corporate attention.