Jarryd Hayne will remain at the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 according to the NFL franchise’s general manager, Trent Baalke.
Baalke has also labelled Hayne’s NFL experiment a success, despite the former NRL star playing just eight games in a fractured season which included spending a number of months in the practice squad.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, but what I do know is that he is very conscientious and this is very important to him,” Baalke told Fairfax Media.
“We are committed to this. I’m looking forward to getting him back here, I know the coaching staff is.”
Baalke also predicted the 27-year-old would have a big second season in the game, despite having to prove himself to the coaching team headed by former Philadelphia Eagles mentor Chip Kelly.
“We haven’t spent a ton of time speaking about individual players on a roster yet but I’ll tell you [Kelly is] well aware of Jarryd and Jarryd’s story, as is everyone in the National Football League by now.
Baalke, who has been involved with the club in various roles since 2005, also defended the club’s mid-season dropping of the punt returner.
He also suggested he couldn’t envisage Hayne giving up on his NFL dream to return to the NRL.