Gold Coast superstar Jarryd Hayne is the player Newcastle fear most in Saturday’s clash at CBus Super Stadium.

CLASS ACT: Jarryd Hayne.THE Newcastle Knightshave no interest in signing Jarryd Hayne, but the enigmatic Gold Coast superstar remains the player they fear most in Saturday’s clash at CBus Super Stadium.
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When Hayne returned from his NFL stint with San Francisco last year, Knights chief executive Matt Gidley declared:“We’ll definitely meet with his management and have a discussion’’.

Instead hejoinedthe Titans and Newcastle signed Cowboys wunderkind Kalyn Ponga for the next four seasons.

Hayne is reported to be exploring the option of leaving the Gold Coast at season’s end, but the Heraldunderstands the Knights see Ponga as their long-term fullback and have no desire to pursue Hayne.

On Saturday, however, the explosive 29-year-old will be looking to push his case for inclusion in the NSW Origin backline, and that is a concern for Knights coach Nathan Brown.

“With State of Origin coming up I would expect JarrydHayne’s mind to be very much on the job,” Brown said this week.

“He’s a very, very gifted player. He’s been one of the best Origin players in the last 15 years for NSW.”

Hayne returned to action with a dazzling performance in last week’s upset win against Cronulla, six weeks after he injured an ankle in the Titans’ loss to Newcastle at McDonad Jones Stadium.

Heset up a try, ran 109 metre and didn’t miss a tackle.

“With the injury he has had I wouldn’t have thought he will be in peak fitness but he will be hungry,” Brown said.

“It would be nice if he just went out there to pop around but he will be out to impress with Origin coming up.”

Brown nonetheless said Newcastle were not treating the Titans as a one-man team, especially with co-captain Kevin Proctor (hamstring) andcentre Konrad Hurrell (knee) back from injuries.

“They’ve got some of their good experienced players back now,” Brown said.

“They are certainly a team that would be confident about doing well in this competition.”

Gold Coast coach Neil Henry was impressed withHayne’s return against Cronulla.

“People are never satisfied with what Jarryd does, the benchmark is so high that they can find a way to have a crack at him about something,” Henry said.

“He did what he had to do, he had a nice set of touches down the short side in particular.”

“The pass with Vaha [Leivaha Pulu]and knocking that ball back in from the kick which was a big change in momentum for us.”

Henry further backed his fullback to put together a string of good performances in the hope of earning a place in the NSW Origin side.

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