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Hayne happy to wing it

By Steve Jancetic 10/07/2009 05:17:32 PM Comments (0)

His form sparked calls for a move to the NSW No.1 jumper for Origin III, but Blues winger Jarryd Hayne is more than happy to continue wreaking havoc from the flank.

Hayne has been the lone success story of NSW's dismal series to date, with the Parramatta custodian almost singlehandedly dragging the Blues back into both of the first two games only to see Queensland hold on for a fourth-straight series win.

With the series lost and uncertainty over just where the Blues were headed, there was a strong push for Hayne to be moved to fullback to make better use of his sublime running game, with skipper Kurt Gidley being shuffled into the halves.

The Blues resisted the urge, to the point that even when doubt surrounded the availability of Gidley due to a rib complaint, NSW brought Bulldogs stalwart Luke Patten into the squad as cover rather than switch Hayne to his club position.

But Hayne said he was more than happy to stay out wide, where coach Craig Bellamy has given him a licence to roam.

"It's all off the cuff, there's nothing planned," Hayne said of his role.

"If I see something and I realise that it's not going to come to my wing, I just play it by ear. You've got to (go to the ball), sometimes the ball doesn't get to the wing."

Hayne confidence to play it as he sees it wasn't there at the start of the year, when Eels coach Daniel Anderson handed him the No.6 jumper in an attempt to get the ball in his hands more often.

The former Test winger struggled - in a similar way to how Mark Gasnier struggled when moved to five-eighth at St George Illawarra in 2006 - and Hayne was eventually shifted to the centres.

Somehow, it still wasn't happening for Hayne and it wasn't until he was moved to fullback at the Eels that he rediscovered the spark that had him labelled as one of the brightest talents in the game a few years ago.

"I didn't come in with a lot of confidence from the year before - it (five-eighth) was something that I wasn't familiar with and a new coach and a new structure," Hayne said.

"All those little things obviously took its toll on me and I just didn't really click at five-eighth.

"In a fitness sense (five-eighth) is good because there's things there that you have to do where at fullback you can pick and choose what you do - it's probably something that I've got to work on a bit.

"Looking at someone like Gids (Kurt Gidley) - he does that - he doesn't hesitate to do it where I sort of hesitate thinking `should I, shouldn't I. When you're at five-eighth you have to do it - you have to D-up, you have to get back onside you have to get your hands on the ball each set because that's what a five-eighth does."

But while Hayne admits his favourite position is fullback and he hasn't ruled out a return to the No.6 jumper, he realises his representative future probably lies on the wing with the likes of Gidley and the injured Brett Stewart also lurking.

"I can play good at fullback and good at wing," he said.

"Stewart's a natural fullback and Gids is a natural fullback so it's probably best suited for the team that I play on the wing."

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