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'Hayne's attitude not a problem'

By Ben Horne 28/06/2010 05:54:57 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta CEO Paul Osborne says he doesn't believe NRL star Jarryd Hayne has an attitude problem.

There have been reports suggesting people within the club are concerned Hayne has become too big for his boots, after his elite standing in the game exploded last season.

The fullback's manager Wayne Beavis initially called for a meeting between his client and Daniel Anderson after the Parramatta coach criticised Hayne's form in a post-match press conference on Saturday.

However, both parties say the air has been cleared and no emergency meeting is required between star and coach.

Osborne is adamant Hayne's attitude isn't to blame for the Eels' poor run.

"I have a very good relationship with Jarryd. He obviously has a lot of expectations on him and he's only a young kid," Osborne said.

"I don't really see that side of him. I don't have a problem with him.

"I've spoken to Wayne, I've spoken to Ando (Anderson), I've spoken to Jarryd and everyone's moving in the same direction and there's certainly no problems here at the moment other than the fact we're not winning."

Osborne also made it clear that Hayne's status in the struggling team doesn't make him exempt from the coach's criticism.

Anderson was quoted after the Eels' 10-6 loss to Brisbane that Hayne "wasn't good tonight in my opinion".

"Not many people will say it, but he was off his game. I think he would've been frustrated at some of the decisions he made," the coach added.

The initial reaction from Beavis and reports that Hayne stormed out of Parramatta Stadium on Saturday and refused to attend a post-match function certainly made it seem like there was a problem, but Osborne said he wasn't concerned.

"Not really because I know that they've got a pretty good relationship the coach and Jarryd so I knew it was just a matter of talking and getting together and working it out," he said.

"It seems to have settled down ... I've got no problem with what Daniel said.

"I just think we're not winning and Jarryd's a vital part of our team ... and he's not immune from criticism and he was fine when I spoke to him this morning."

Beavis says he's been assured that there's no ongoing problem between Hayne and Anderson, and for that reason cancelled any planned meeting with club management.

After speaking to Anderson and Osborne, Beavis said he won't take the matter further.

"They're telling me there's no problem so that's it, unless Jarryd specifically advises me to the contrary I won't be doing another thing," Beavis said.

"I was a bit taken a back by the content of the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday, I rang the club I spoke to the chief executive ... I'm since assured after talking to both the chief executive and the coach that there is no issue so that's the end of the story for mine."

Osborne also said the Eels are interested in Test and Queensland representative Cooper Cronk, but are unsure of the Melbourne halfback's contract status.

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