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Digital Image by Brett Crockford ©	     Jarryd Hayne carries the ball to victory  NRL, Rugby League, State of Origin 2, @ ANZ Stadium, Homebush, NSW, Wednesday June 18th, 2014.

Former Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne will return to the NRL, signing a two-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans effective immediately.

Hayne, 28, departed the NRL at the conclusion of the 2014 season to pursue a career in the NFL after winning the Dally M Medal alongside Johnathan Thurston.

The custodian could feature for the Titans as early as their Round 22 meeting with the Warriors this Sunday, with a bumper crowd expected for what should be a significant day for Gold Coast.

"It wasn't the easiest decision for me to make, it's been very emotional to make this decision," Hayne said.

"I never though I'd join another club and not in my wildest dreams did I think I would end up on the Gold Coast.

"There is sadness I'm not going to go back to the club I grew up supporting as a kid and played for previously, but excitement as well to be joining the Titans. I feel blessed and honoured to be here.

"I wanted to play footy this year and with everything that has gone on at Parra this year, we couldn't get it done. I believe everything happens for a reason.

"I know a lot of people will be hurt by this decision and I'm sorry. But I had to make a decision and I want to play footy."

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