Jarryd Hayne’s agent Jack Bechta says he will be attending the 2015 Rugby World Cup to keep an eye on potential new NFL stars.
Bechta says he has already been contacted by a number of rugby league agents in Australia, which he believes could be a good source of potential talent, however the Rugby World Cup has drawn his immediate attention.
Bechta is hoping to unearth some players who could make it in the NFL but he accepts that it won’t be a conveyor belt, admitting that Hayne’s case is quite rare due to his lifelong desire to play American football professionally.
“I’ve had a few claiming to be scouts and agents reach out to me, willing to give me a list of potential guys who could make it over here,” Bechta said.
“Those types of emails and texts and tweets are coming in. At some point I am going to go over there [Australia] and have a look for sure. I have actually been looking at quite a bit of rugby league lately. I just want to see how things go with Jarryd first before I do anything else.
“If things continue to go well, then it’s definitely something I’m keen to explore. I have been peeking at some more rugby league than I have in the past. I’m paying more attention to who is playing. I’m also looking at rugby union and I’m going to the World Cup in London. But Jarryd is a one in 10,000 player.
“The difference is that Jarryd has dreamt about this. He has visualised it, thought about and sacrificed a lot to chase it. He’s thought long and hard about it for years. You just can’t endure what he’s enduring if you didn’t have his mentality. It takes a lot of mental toughness.”