Arthur the man to spark Hayne
Parramatta Eels skipper Tim Mannah believes coach Brad Arthur is the coach who can get the best out of Jarryd Hayne as speculation continues to mount about the Gold Coast Titans fullback returning to his old club.
Mannah has been open about the prospect of Hayne linking with his former side and noted Arthur's track record of re-igniting players whose career have fallen at a crossroads.
"What Brad Arthur is really good at doing is extracting all that out of players to perform at their best – year after year," Mannah told NRL.com.
"We've seen Clint Gutherson's rise this season and Bevan French step up. Every year Brad produces quality players and I got no doubt that without someone like Semi [Radradra], he will find another player – it might be Jarryd.
"I haven't kept it a secret and am a bit vocal about having him in the team.
"I've always been a fan and if it could happen one day, I definitely wouldn't be opposed to it. He's got a lot on his plate now with Fiji and things going on with the Titans at the moment."
Mannah was adamant fans can expect similar circumstances from Arthur with the return of Tony Williams to the club next season.
The 28-year-old began his career at Parramatta in 2009 before establishing himself as one of the more maligned players of the last decade.
Williams managed one game for the Cronulla Sharks in 2017 before suffering an ACL injury; a combination of injury and form has restricted him to just 31 NRL games in the past three seasons at Cronulla and Canterbury.
"It's the same thing for Tony as Jarryd," Mannah said.
"If anyone is going to get the best out of Tony it's Brad.
"I know what he's capable of doing and the hunger and attitude he's got at the moment is something I've never seen before from him.
"That excites me and I know he'll surprise and prove a lot of people wrong.
"It's just about getting him physically and mentally prepared to perform at his best. I have no doubt Brad can do that."