Jarryd Hayne is staying with the San Francisco 49ers — but in the practice squad

Jarryd Hayne, #38 of the San Francisco 49ers in practice drills. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/ Getty.

The Hayne plane isn’t flying as high as many hoped, but former NRL star Jarryd Hayne’s dream of playing American football is still on track after he re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers today in the practice squad.

Hayne was waived from the 49ers roster on Saturday after just six games, with rival running back Kendall Gaskins elevated to the 53-man active roster in his place.

The Australian was then available to other teams, but no one picked him up. The 49ers, one of the worst teams in the NFL, announced on Monday night, US time, that they’d signed up Hayne to the practice squad.

The former Parramatta Eel originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in March this year. Hayne is on a guaranteed $US107,000 minimum contract for the first year, so the 49ers are putting the money to use by re-signing him in the practice squad.

The story of a rookie Australian swapping codes to pursue his NFL dream captured the imagination of the US sports fans, especially following a 53-yard dash in a pre-season game and he was selected in the season opening game, but the initial excitement waned as fumbles and less-than-impressive stats began to take their toll in a team that sits at the bottom of the ladder in the west conference with just two wins and six losses.

Hayne appeared in six games with eight carries for 25 yards and returned eight punts for 76 yards.

The 49ers were beaten by the Seattle Seahawks 27-6 the day after Hayne was released.