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My attitude's fine, says Hayne

David Beniuk And Ian Mccullough 06/06/2011 07:53:13 PM Comments (0)

Recalled NSW star Jarryd Hayne says he wouldn't be back in a Blues jersey if he had a bad attitude.

Hayne was overlooked for State of Origin I, coach Ricky Stuart saying at the time the Parramatta fullback didn't play the style of football he was looking for and was more suited to five-eighth.

Others suggested it was Hayne's attitude that had him on the outer with the new Blues set-up.

"That's the rumour," he told reporters as he re-entered the NSW camp ahead of Origin II on Wednesday week at ANZ Stadium.

"Until someone comes out and says it, we'll go from there.

"I'm in the team aren't I? I'm sure if I had a bad attitude I wouldn't be here."

Selected in his less preferred position of wing as the replacement for injured Brett Morris, proven Origin performer Hayne finds himself back in the fold but behind the injured Josh Dugan and his replacement Anthony Minichiello in the fullback stakes.

If ever his attitude was facing a test, it is now.

"I've obviously played there before, it's exciting," he said of his return to the wing.

"I haven't played there for a while so I'm sure I'll be doing a lot of video and it will be just like riding a bike."

Parramatta and NSW team-mate Tim Mannah said the attitude rumour, which suggested Hayne drifted in and out of games when he felt like it, couldn't have been further from the truth.

"It is ridiculous how that this has come up," Mannah told AAP.

"His attitude has been amazing all year and even better since he was left out.

"If anyone says he has a bad attitude, they haven't been watching the way he has played or been around him at Parramatta because it is crazy to suggest his attitude is wrong."

Hayne says he has no point to prove and he didn't need to patch things up with Stuart, but concedes they did have some lengthy conversations.

"Obviously it's something personal between me and Ricky and I guess that will stay that way," he said.

"That was Ricky's decision (to leave me out) and I respect that."

The former NSW player of the year maintains he has no immediate plans to switch from fullback at club level or change his playing style.

"Whatever coach I'm under, I'll be playing how they want me to play," he said.

"I don't have the composure and the sort of maturity yet (for five-eighth) but definitely a couple of years time."

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