Jarryd Hayne instructs agent to put his Parramatta apartment on the market

Hayne’s Parramatta apartment for sale

PARRAMATTA’S fallen NRL idol Jarryd Hayne may be in jail, but it hasn’t stopped him from tinkering with his property portfolio that was once valued at $5M.

Jarryd has given instructions from his prison cell for agents to sell one of his remaining investment apartments at Parramatta, according to a leading real estate site.

The Blues Origin series winner who once ruled the NRL world with his amazing skills, is currently appealing his sexual assault conviction and prison sentence earlier this year.

He bought two apartments off the plan in George St, Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, in 2013 when he was still with the Parramatta Eels. The apartments cost $600,000 and $605,000 respectively.

He is now selling the level 17 dual key apartment which comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Media reports said Laing + Simmons Parramatta agents Ray Fayad and Peter Younan were seeking $670,000 for the apartment which was completed in 2015 by Merfad Capital.

Jarryd Hayne was at one stage earning more than $1M a year, both with the Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans, making him the highest paid player in the NRL.

In his heyday, he owned investment houses in Paddington and Darlinghurst that were sold for $2.85M  in 2017 and $2.15m in 2019.

He invested his salary into the properties in the Eastern Suburbs and elsewhere, but as his career declined and legal bills added up he offloaded almost all of them.

Rapid rise to fame

Jarryd sold his first Sydney home purchase at St Peters for $995,000 in 2015 as he made the move to the US to pursue a career in the NFL. He had paid $527,500 in 2007.

He now has only has the two Parramatta apartments and a home at Umina on the Central Coast occupied by his mother, Jodie.

Jarryd had a rapid rise to fame from humble beginnings in Minto, possessing speed, football knowledge and an elusive change of pace.

He had the same skills as his Fijian father Manoa Thompson who played for South Sydney and Western Suburbs Magpies. Jarryd was raised in a red brick housing commission home by his then single mother, Jodie Hayne with his two siblings.

He starred in Little Athletics and played footy for Campbelltown City, East Campbelltown and Cabramatta. He went to Westfield Sports High School but left early to concentrate on Rugby League.

Jarryd first played for the Eels in 2006 and the following year he played for NSW and Australia, when the 19-year-old winger was the second youngest footballer to wear the NSW jumper.

He starred in the Eels golden year of 2009 when they were “certainties” to win the comp, only to lose to the Melbourne Storm who were controversially stripped of the title for salary cap indiscretions.

The NFL excursion was the beginning or a downward spiral for Jarryd. He played Rugby Sevens for Fiji and then signed a two-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans. It proved to be an ill-fated decision as he had a series of infamous clashes with coach Neil Henry.

It ended with Henry being terminated in 2017 followed by Jarryd later in the year.

In 2018 Jarryd returned to the Eels but a hip injury impeded him for weeks. He ended the season with 10 tries in his 15 appearances as well as topping the Parramatta charts for line breaks and tackle busts.

However, the Eels also ended with the wooden spoon and decided not to extend Jarryd’s contract. In 2019 he was named in the NRL team of the decade by an esteemed committee which included Phil Gould, Craig Bellamy, Ricky Stuart, Peter Sterling and Laurie Daley.

In May he was found guilty of sexual assault and was jailed for five years and nine months and a non-parole period of three years and eight months. His appeal will be heard in November.

Image: Parramatta CBD.

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