Hayne tells Burgess to switch to NFL

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Mel­bourne: Jar­ryd Hayne has left for the US with a part­ing gift for South Syd­ney’s Thomas Burgess by en­cour­ag­ing him to pur­sue a ca­reer in the NFL — be­fore it’s too late. Burgess cre­ated a stir prior to Christ­mas by train­ing with the New York Gi­ants. The 120kg prop has made no se­cret that the op­por­tu­nity has left him pon­der­ing a ca­reer change in Amer­ica. Hayne said he spoke to Burgess about the code switch while he was re­cently in Syd­ney, telling the 23-year-old he only wished he’d made the bold move ear­lier in his ca­reer. The San Fran­cisco 49ers prospect said that with age on his side, Burgess would thrive if he took the Col­lege Foot­ball path to the NFL. “I saw him when I first got back and I said if I was his age again and want­ing to do it, I’d defininelty go to Col­lege,’’ Hayne said. “I wanted to go do Col­lege when I was 24 and I just hes­i­tated a bit. But by the time I was 26, I made a de­ci­sion and the rest is his­tory.

Thomas Burgess

Jar­ryd Hayne.

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