FIJI coach Mick Potter says he has purposely kept a wide berth of discussing Jarryd Hayne’s future because he doesn’t want to be lied to.
Contracted to Gold Coast for 2018, the two-time Dally M Medal winner is expected to request a release early next year and return to Parramatta.
He has previously denied speaking with Sydney clubs, while also reaching out to his Titans teammates to say he was staying.
But Hayne appears to literally have his bags packed, with reports his house is empty followed by Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan’s concession earlier this week that there was “some merit” to reports of his move.
The Fiji five-eighth will take holidays now his side is out of the Rugby League World Cup, thumped 54-6 by Australia in Brisbane on Friday.
But Potter wouldn’t be drawn on whether he thought Hayne’s next game of rugby league would be for the Eels.
“It’s not for me to say; I’ve kept right out of that and purposely not asked the question,” the Fiji coach said.
“I don’t want to be told any lies or anything that is half true or not true.
“Whatever’s good for Jarryd is good for Jarryd.”
Hayne, who declined interviews with reporters following Friday’s loss, had a night to forget in the match.
Twice he gave away needless penalties early in the first half, shoulder charging Billy Slater, and then roughing him up after tackling him.
It allowed the Kangaroos an easy passage upfield as they established an early advantage and never looked back.