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Jarryd Hayne's journey from NRL to NFL begins with San Francisco 49ers deal

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We begin in the NFL where Australian former Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne has signed a futures/reserves deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 27-year-old had been expected to sign with the Detroit Lions as he bids to make the transition from one of NRL’s most respected players to an NFL roster, but the $100,000 guaranteed by the 49ers clearly had an influence.

Speaking to reporters during the official announcement, NRL's 2014 Player of the Year revealed that a conversation with new 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula sealed the deal.

"He [Tomsula] was probably the one coach that knew the transition better than anyone," explained Hayne.

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With dreams of playing running back in the NFL, there is plenty of work ahead for Hayne but he certainly has the size and speed to prosper. A 4.53 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day puts him amongst the quickest players arriving in the NFL this year while his rugby league highlights show the potential Hayne has as a ball carrier - particularly in returning duties where he will initially hope to gain playing time.

Elsewhere in the league the Houston Texans have given wide receiver Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade. The veteran has spent 12 seasons with the franchise but is seeking a new challenge after learning his role was set to change.

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Across to the NBA and the Chicago Bulls have been dealt another injury blow. Not long after losing Derrick Rose, the franchise has learnt that All-Star Jimmy Butler is to be sidelined for between three and six weeks.

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Finally, in college basketball Iowa State mounted the comeback of the night – erasing a 21-point deficit to beat Oklahoma 77-70. Trailing 37-18 at half time, Iowa scored an incredible 59 points in the second half to grab the win over the no.15 Sooners.

What do you think 49ers fans? Can Hayne realistically become a success in the NFL? Will he feature in 2015? Let us know in the comments section below...

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