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NSW hooker Nathan Peats has spoken about his once tense relationship with Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne and his anger at being let go by the Eels during the club’s salary cap crisis.

“We used to clash all the time because when I got to Parramatta, he was the king around then," said Peats, who was a teammate of Hayne’s at Parramatta and Gold Coast.

“I sort of had the attitude of ‘I really don’t care who you are’.

“We used to clash at times a fair bit.”

The Titans hooker also questioned Hayne’s attitude during his time on the Gold Coast.

“I just wish he’d played a little bit better footy up here and enjoyed it a bit more because it didn’t look like he was too happy here last year,’’ Peats said.

“I wish he had enjoyed it more and could have left on a better note with the club and Titans fans.”

But Peats said times had changed and he now liked and respected Hayne.

“When he came up here he had his little daughter and we got along really well,” Peats told the In My Own Words show on sports social platform 20 FOUR.

“He is a good fella. There was a lot of scrutiny about his decision to leave and go to Parramatta.

“If you’re not seeing your daughter enough, then you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

“It’s not like he’s leaving a $500,000 deal to a $1.5 million deal. He’s going from $1.2 million to $500,000.

“He’s sacrificing over half-a-million dollars to go back to where he wants to be.”

Peats left Parramatta in May, 2016, a victim of the club’s immense salary cap breach.

He immediately joined Gold Coast but was crushed by the Eels’ decision to let him go.

“I was pissed off," he said. “I busted my arse for that club, hurt myself playing for the boys.

“Why would you want to get rid of me, why couldn’t you get rid of two other blokes?

“At the time I was filthy. Now looking back, it was a selfish thing to say. Why get rid of three guys just for me to stay.

“They had to get under the salary cap for that season. I went to training that next day and Brad (Arthur, coach) had a chat to me.”

At the time, Peats was living in the same block of units as Eels teammates Junior Paulo and Brad Takairangi.

“That Monday night was pretty emotional,” Peats said.

“I remember just crying on the phone, J (Paulo) crying, they were all just crying.

“I’ve got a good deal now. If I’d have stayed I might not have got such a good deal and I might not have ever played Origin.”

Parramatta officials preferred not to comment.

Peats also opened up about the sacking last year of Titans coach Neil Henry, who fell out with Hayne.

“I felt for Neil," he said.

“Was he the one to leave for Haynesy to stay and then Haynesy ended up leaving?

“If Haynesy was leaving earlier, would Neil have stayed? I’m too sure but everything happens for a reason.”

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Yes it is his fault, Trump, Global Warming, Turnbull, the Economy. Why did we ever want to take him and his off field issues on. BA would have known about them at the time.

"Everything happens for a reason" what a dopey thing to say.

Peats fan always
I was a massive Peats fan and i think many fans were hence that huge round of applause given to him in the 9th minute in that game against Souths. Many legends of the club have not been afforded such a gesture from the B&G army.

But some of his comments since have been baffling. He’s said it on numerous occasions now he wouldn’t have been picked for Origin if he was still at Parra. I wish he would elaborate on that. Absolutely agree with him that he busted his a*se for us but perhaps it’s time now for Nathan to move on.

Plenty of diverse opinions here, not much on the character it takes to stand corrected though, or to uphold such great and apparently new values held by and expressed as Peats has done here.

We all know what happened and public reasons around that, but do we not appreciate and esteem contrition as a foundation element of a sophisticated society any more? Do we no longer hope our children can learn more from a sports hero than run, kick, tackle. That maybe being able to cry when you are hurt is not a sign of weakness and that the public testimony of it to those fans who hold you dear in their hearts is potentially a pillar of strength to them also.

As for derision regarding "everything happens for a reason"? I hold fast to the scripture that says "My God works all things together for good to those who love Him"

I can't imagine too many Parra fans or footy fans in general that would argue that the "Parra footy team, club and fans have indeed seen the working out of all the drama at that time as a mighty step forward today"! 

Good on'ya Peatsy.

I do think Nathans line of " everything happens for a reason " was more a throwaway line than a deep philosophical religious mantra... And whilst I respect your religious beliefs perhaps we could do without throwaway lines used as a conversion tool?  

Thanks Fathead, if you're correct in your assumption then certainly I can't disagree with he throwaway line perspective. If on the other hand there is substance in use of that phrase we should give the benefit of the doubt without needing to ascribe religious platitudes to Nathan when in fact it may have been part of his own personal defense mechanism. an attitude towards handling the thrust and parry of life.

And thank you for offering your own mercy to me re my religious convictions. I'm sure they were sincere. I was just making a point of how I handle the ups and downs of life. 

OK peace brother.
Onya mate.


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