Henry told Ti­tans to choose be­tween him or Hayne

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN PETER BADEL

THE Gold Coast Ti­tans have plunged into cri­sis fol­low­ing ex­plo­sive rev­e­la­tions coach Neil Henry is­sued the club an ul­ti­ma­tum to choose be­tween him and Jar­ryd Hayne.

The $ 2.4 mil­lion Hayne ex­per­i­ment is on the brink of col­lapse af­ter the enig­matic full­back ad­mit­ted he would quit the club if Henry did not want him there.

Hayne ap­pears cer­tain to exit, and in a dra­matic twist, Henry is also fight­ing for his fu­ture on the Gold Coast un­less he can smooth ten­sions with in­flu­en­tial Ti­tans fig­ures.

Henry and Hayne will be sum­moned to meet­ings with club power­bro­kers to­day in an at­tempt to bring an end to the drama.

Henry did not re­turn calls yes­ter­day, while Ti­tans chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham An­nes­ley de­clined to com­ment.

A special in­ves­ti­ga­tion has un­cov­ered the ex­tent of the Hayne- Henry feud, re­veal­ing anger, mis­trust and lack of faith within the NRL club which has seen the Ti­tans plum­met into wooden spoon con­tention.

Mul­ti­ple sources have veri- fied a frus­trated Henry claimed the Ti­tans must choose be­tween him and Hayne dur­ing a fiery meeting with club hi­er­ar­chy re­cently.

Other rev­e­la­tions from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clude:

• Ti­tans man­age­ment at­tempted to me­di­ate the Henry- Hayne time bomb with­out suc­cess, prompt­ing the coach to is­sue the ul­ti­ma­tum.

• Henry’s re­luc­tance to deny re­ports he was against sign­ing Hayne has an­gered Ti­tans power­bro­kers.

• Half­back Ash­ley Tay­lor is re­luc­tant to com­mit to the Ti­tans long- term while un­cer­tainty is swirling around the club, open­ing the door for a ri­val to poach the ris­ing star.

• Henry’s re­la­tion­ship with some play­ers has crum­bled over con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Ti­tans coach Neil Henry.

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