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Former Eels skipper's plea for fans to embrace Jarryd Hayne

Former Parramatta captain Tim Mannah has pleaded for fans to embrace the feats of fallen star Jarryd Hayne after the disgraced fullback was shut out by the and the club where he launched his storied career.

Speaking ahead of the NRL grand final on Sunday where the Eels take on the Panthers in Battle of the West, Mannah said his close mate was a genius on the field and felt it was important not to kick the 34-year-old when he is down.

Hayne virtually guided the Eels to the 2009 decider himself on the back of some scintillating individual performances.

It culminated in Hayne winning the Dally M Medal that season – but in the grand final Parramatta fell short against , who were later stripped of the premiership due to salary cap breaches.

‘Jarryd is still the best player I ever played with,’ Mannah, a 233-game veteran with the Eels, told the .

Former Parramatta captain Tim Mannah has pleaded for fans to embrace the feats of fallen star Jarryd Hayne

Former Parramatta captain Tim Mannah has pleaded for fans to embrace the feats of fallen star Jarryd Hayne

Hayne's career best form in 2009 which guided the Eels to the grand final has been ignored by the NRL and Channel 9 given his uncertain future

Hayne’s career best form in 2009 which guided the Eels to the grand final has been ignored by the NRL and Channel 9 given his uncertain future

‘There’s (also) a lot of people lining up to throw stones at Jarryd…he is still a massive Parra fan, his passion is still there.

‘He has been shunned a little bit, not just from the Eels, but people in general.’

Mannah added that Hayne’s name is ‘taboo’ at the moment and after speaking to the cross-code star, both men are desperate to see the Eels end their 36-year premiership drought.

Hayne faces a retrial in March where he will answer sexual assault allegations at Sydney’s Downing Centre.

It follows an alleged incident with a woman he met Situs Judi Slot Online Mudah Menang at Fletcher, on the outskirts on Newcastle, in October of 2018.

Despite always maintaining his innocence, Hayne was found guilty and sentenced to five years and nine months jail at his second trial.

But after serving nine months in Cooma Correctional Centre, the Hayne saga took a twist few saw coming when he was released in February after having the rape conviction quashed by a Court of Appeal.

The ex-star, 34, is one of the Eels' best ever players - but won't be glorified in grand final pre-match vision this Sunday (pictured, with wife Amellia Bonnici)

The ex-star, 34, is one of the Eels’ best ever players – but won’t be glorified in grand final pre-match vision this Sunday (pictured, with wife Amellia Bonnici)

Jarryd Hayne after being released from the Cooma Correctional Centre in February - he faces a retrial in March where he answer sexual assault allegations at Sydney's Downing Centre

Jarryd Hayne after being released from the Cooma Correctional Centre in February – he faces a retrial in March where he answer sexual assault allegations at Sydney’s Downing Centre

At the peak of his powers, Hayne virtually guided Parramatta himself to the 2009 Grand Final - only to lose to the Melbourne Storm, who were later stripped of the premiership due to salary cap breaches

At the peak of his powers, Hayne virtually guided Parramatta himself to the 2009 Grand Final – only to lose to the Melbourne Storm, who were later stripped of the premiership due to salary cap breaches

With his future uncertain, Hayne won’t star in Channel Nine or the ‘s rolling coverage in the lead up to Sunday’s grand final as he continues to be rejected by the game that made him a superstar.

It is understood both the free-to-air network and the NRL have formed  it was wise to overlook Hayne’s previous feats in a blue and gold jersey ahead of the retrial.

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Parramatta also refused to use footage of Hayne as they celebrated their 75-year anniversary earlier this year.

The former gun fullback – who made his NRL debut on the wing in 2006 and went onto represent NSW and Australia – wasn’t invited to the club function.

After Parramatta beat the Cowboys to progress to the big dance versus Penrith, Hayne showcased his support for the club on social media. 

He shared footage to Instagram of honking cars and chanting Eels fans on the streets of Parramatta following the come-from-behind victory in Townsville.

‘If your [sic] not from western Sydney you wouldn’t understand,’ he wrote.

‘Boys don’t know what there in for this next week! Best supporter base in the country!

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