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Re-signed Hayne has to learn: Hindmarsh

Jarryd Hayne could be an Eel for life after re-signing with Parramatta until the end of the 2015 NRL season but club great Nathan Hindmarsh says the superstar fullback has to learn how to deal better with the pressure that comes with being skipper.
Re-signed Hayne has to learn: Hindmarsh
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, March 27 AAP - Jarryd Hayne could be an Eel for life after re-signing with Parramatta until the end of the 2015 NRL season but club great Nathan Hindmarsh says the superstar fullback has to learn how to deal better with the pressure that comes with being skipper.

Hayne's fresh commitment to the Eels is a massive boost to the club's rebuilding program under new coach Ricky Stuart, with the NSW State of Origin representative seen as a key figure in Parramatta's plans to re-emerge as a powerhouse.

Hayne, announced as Eels co-captain alongside backrower Reni Maitua and prop Tim Mannah in the off-season, was not off contract until the end of next season.

But such is the demand for the 2009 Dally M medal winner, Eels officials decided to move early and retain their man.

Hayne's ascendancy to the Eels' captaincy was hailed as a coming of age for the 25-year-old but, since Parramatta's opening-round win over the Warriors, he has struggled with the high-profile role.

This was most noticeable in the loss to Wests Tigers on Friday during which the custodian engaged in a running battle with the referees.

Former captain Hindmarsh knows only too well the demands that come with being the figurehead at one of rugby league's proudest clubs and says Hayne needs to take a more even-tempered approach.

"Jarryd is under a lot of pressure and some of it is a bit unfair," Hindmarsh told AAP on Wednesday.

"But sometimes, he brings that upon himself and you saw that in the game against the Tigers last week in regards to the way he spoke to the referees. But he is still learning."

Hindmarsh said Hayne needed to lean on senior Eels players for support in handling such a demanding role.

"There are a lot of other experienced guys in the side that are probably sitting under Jarryd's criticism when a lot of them, I think, could also help him out a fair bit as well," Hindmarsh said.

"It is a bit unfair but hopefully we can see the Jarryd Hayne of 2009 again. It would be nice. It would be very nice.

"I spoke to a lot of people and I was willing to get help and ask for help from my peers and other people around. And I think Jarryd could benefit from that.

"At the end of the day, I wasn't a big talker. I had lots of other people to do that for me who were quite comfortable doing that and I just tried to lead from example. And that's how I tried to be as good a captain as I could."

Hindmarsh also had a message for critics and fans who have started to doubt the Eels' bona fides after three rounds of the season.

"Give them time - they will get it together," Hindmarsh said.

"It is very early in the season to be writing anyone off. Wait until we are halfway through the season and see how things are going then."




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