KANGAROOS coach Mal Meninga believes Jarryd Hayne will have let the Titans down if the Blues Origin star does switch to a Sydney club.

Speaking at the captain's run ahead of Australia's clash with France on Friday night, Meninga claimed Hayne had not played well enough to warrant an exit.

"Honestly, I think he's let the Titans down," Meninga said.

Mal Meninga says Jarryd Hayne has let the Titans.
Mal Meninga says Jarryd Hayne has let the Titans.

"He hasn't played well enough to do that. I think he needs to make sure that he stays at the club and plays the best he possibly can for them.

"They're the ones who invested in him and he hasn't invested back in the club."

Hayne has been mixed at best in the year since he returned to the NRL.

Since joining the Titans at the back end of the 2016 season, Hayne has failed to live up to the heights of his Parramatta days while commanding close to $1 million a season.

He is believed to have played a major role in the sacking of former Titans coach Neil Henry, a long-time assistant to Meninga at Origin level.

Meninga agreed Hayne's role in Henry's dismissal made his looming exit all the more hurtful.

"Yeah, I agree with that. I think that's pretty ordinary what happened there. That's just my thoughts," Meninga said.

Jarryd Hayne trains with Fiji. Picture: Evan Morgan
Jarryd Hayne trains with Fiji. Picture: Evan Morgan

As a host of player movements engulf the code, with Cooper Cronk, Hayne and Mitchell Pearce chief among them, Meninga claimed he had no issue with such transfers.

"I don't mind that, as long as they're committed to the club they're currently at," he said.

"They put the effort in through the year and then they choose to leave? I'm happy with that.

"But if they don't put the effort in and you let your mates down and the club down I think you've got an obligation to stay at the club and do the right thing by them."

Hayne played in all three State of Origin matches for the Blues this season but was never seriously considered for the Kangaroos World Cup squad. He's instead linked with Fiji.

Meninga said the reason behind Hayne's exclusion was simple.

"He wasn't playing well enough."



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