Jarryd ‘Hayne Plane’ Hayne is the man who went to the NFL and had a crack at glory. You can only respect him for going over. If you haven’t seen his story on 60 minutes you should check it out.
The Hayne Plane was one of the NRL’s biggest stars and left when he was peaking. He had just won the first State of Origin series with New South Wales in 9 years playing at his favourite position fullback. Hayne as some people say is a ‘freak’.
Since coming back from the NFL after some would say a disaster of a debut game which arguably saw him dropped from the San Fransisco 49ers, he stayed in the training squad but shortly announced his retirement from the NFL due to ‘not wanting to learn the new playbook’ as the 49ers had hired a new coach, Chip Kelly. Hayne soon went for the Fijian national sevens team with the hopes of playing in the 2016 Olympic games which was held in Brazil although he was never selected.
Hayne Plane is now contracted to the Gold Coast Titans and is one of the highest paid players in the NRL at $1.2 million dollars a season. The only other player getting paid more than Hayne is Daly Cherry-Evans at $1.3 million a season.
Hayne’s getting paid more than Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Shaun Johnson, Sam Burgess, Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita.
When you look at the list of players he’s effectively worth more than, is he actually worth it?
Let’s compare him to the other top paid backs in the NRL and a player getting paid $1,000,000 less than Hayne a season – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (850K a season), Josh Duagn (800k a season) and Will Hopoate (150k a season).
Stats are courtesy of the NRL.com official website. These stats show the AVERAGES as not all players have played the same amount of games.
Jarryd Hayne actually averages the lowest amount of runs in a game. Jarryd Hayne does half the work of Will Hopoate, who effectively does double the work that Hayne would do in a game, yet he is paid $1,050,000 less a season. The Hayne Plane is losing altitude.
Again Hayne is well below the other players and runs less than half what Hopoate would run. Hayne Plane doesn’t even crack 100m.
Not only does Hayne do the least amount of work between them he’s also the least destructive ball runner only averaging just over 1 tackle break per game. While the other players who play the same position average closer to 5 tackles breaks or more.
Hayne Plane against Rookies.
Now let’s put Hayne up against 3 rookies playing this year. Nick Cotric, 18 years of age, is playing his debut season of NRL. Moses Suli, 18 years of age playing his debut season. Kalyn Ponga, 19 has only filled in and played 6 games in the 2017 NRL season. All of these players are on the base salary of $60,000. Hayne is getting paid $1,140,000 a year more than these rookies. Let’s find out if he’s worth it.
Again all of these statistics are AVERAGES as they’ve played a different amount of games.
Again, Hayne is the worst performer. Hayne Plane losing more altitude.
For the first time Hayne is not the worst performer, but what’s interesting is that Nick Cotric play’s on the wing and even with 1 less run a game on average he still averages 20 metres more per game. He’s effectively running further with less runs playing on the wing in his debut season at the age of 18, it’s more of a slap in the face to Hayne than anything.
Again, Hayne is the worst performer.
Wether he’s performing against the rookies, players getting $150k a season or the top earners, he’s arguably one of the worst performing backs in the game yet he gets paid the most.
What’s happened is Hayne has come back and effectively got a big contract because of his name and his past accomplishments. He’s a former Dally M winner which is a great accomplishment. When looking at what a players worth doesn’t effort mean something? Hayne scored a big contract on coming back to the NRL but now he’s simply not putting in the effort. Wether that’s because he’s playing for the Titans and not the Eels is left to be answered. When he came back the Eels were the team he really wanted to play for and even complained on TV that he had to play for the Titans because the Eels didn’t offer him a contract.
Moving forward how do the Titans continue to offer Hayne a big contract that will take up so much of their salary cap? It’s about time they stopped looking at his past accomplishments and started looking at his current effort because you’re only as good as your last game. If that were the case and you were paid on current effort, Hayne would be worth less than the base salary of $60,000.
Right now the Hayne Plane is overpaid, under performing and taking up a massive chunk of the Titan’s salary cap that could be spent on players who actually perform.