The San Francisco 49ers new running back had a storied career in Australia's NRL, winning two MVP awards.
The "Hayne Plane" has landed.
Two weeks after signing with the San Francisco 49ers, former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne left his native Australia on Monday to begin training stateside prior to the start of his NFL career.
According to the Canberra Times, Hayne will spend the next few weeks training at an "offseason development camp" in Arizona before the 49ers start offseason workouts on April 6.
That description might ring a bell for 49ers fans, as it refers to the EXOS facility in Phoenix – the same place where franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick is working out this offseason.
Per NFL rules, coaching staffs may not instruct players until phase two of the NFL Offseason Workout Program, which begins two weeks after the initial April 6 workout start date.
In the meantime, Hayne has studied film of different running backs in the league, trying to implement some of their attributes into his skillset. No doubt that training alongside other NFL players before officially begininig his career will further aid the transition.
Hayne also said the support of fans in Australia has made leaving the country far less difficult than he expected.
"It has been overwhelming and amazing the amount of support I've got," Hayne said. "People just walking up to me off the street saying congrats and looking forward to my journey. I'm completely blown away. I could have never imagined this reaction... It's been so positive, and I'm glad people can get an insight into why I'm going over there and the dream to play in the NFL. It's such an exciting opportunity.
"It's just more getting ready and focused. When I get over there I'll hit the ground running. I'm looking forward to that."
Here are recent social media posts that document Hayne's big move.