San Francisco 49ers’ Jarryd Hayne has no plans of leaving the National Football League (NFL) in the United States, the former Australian rugby star stated in a recent interview. Despite the demotion to the team’s practice squad, the 27-year-old NFL rookie is adamant that he will continue to work to become a regular starter in the league.

"Oh definitely. It's been exciting. To come this far in seven months, give me 12, 14 (and) it's going to be completely different. And I think anyone who's seen my growth will tell you how much I've changed and developed,” Hayne told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee when asked about his plans next season.

“And it's always funny, looking at old film, it's one of those awkward things. 'What was I thinking? Or, 'What was I doing?' It's hilarious," Hayne added.

In the same article, Hayne admitted that he has learned more about American football in recent months, stating that he has played the safety and wide receiver positions even though he has assummed the running back position in the early part of the 2015 regular season.

Hayne has played in six regular season games in his rookie year in the NFL. No thanks to a couple of errors on punt returns, one of his primary assignments for the 49ers, Hayne was waived on Oct. 31 before landing in the team’s practice squad.

Hayne, who is credited 25 rushing yards on 8 attempts and 7 receiving yards on a single catch plus 76 punt return yards in six games played this season, has not been given a chance to get back in the field despite the 49ers’ 4-9 win-loss record and injuries in the San Francisco roster.

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