It's the photo that has left Sydney Roosters fans cock-a-hoop and Parramatta Eels fans in disbelief.
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Jarryd Hayne was only involved in one play in what turned out to be Jim Tomsula's final game as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
But despite the rumour mill going into overdrive after Jarryd Hayne was unknowingly photographed in conversation with Roosters coach Trent Robinson, this wasn't the secret meeting to lure Hayne back to rugby league many assume it was.
The photograph was taken at a hotel in the Sydney CBD on the eve of the Liverpool Legends match against the Socceroos legends at ANZ Stadium last week.
One of the organisers of the exhibition match was Roosters training staff member Hayden Knowles - one of Hayne's closest friends - who had organised for Robinson to spend some time with former Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier.
Hayne, a Liverpool FC fan himself, was also in town promoting the event and joined former NSW Blues teammate Robbie Farah at the Liverpool Legends hotel to meet some of the players.
Despite Hayne and Robinson being photographed together, it's safe to assume a more private location would have been chosen to discuss a code-switch back to the NRL had Hayne harboured the desire to return.
While the Roosters would no doubt join a long queue of clubs to throw their hat into the ring if Hayne decided to return to the NRL, it's unlikely this will happen any time soon.
Hayne is committed to returning to the San Francisco 49ers for preseason training in April after he was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster for the final two games of the season.
The Roosters haven't got a lot of room to move in the salary cap, with the club making plans to bring Sonny Bill Williams back to Bondi, which would make it almost impossible for Hayne to join the tri-colours given the money the pair would demand.
Hayne finished the season on the 53-man roster, which means the 49ers retain the rights to his contract next season.
However the sacking of head coach Jim Tomsula, one of the original believers in Hayne before he stepped foot on a NFL field, has thrown a spanner in the works.
The new coach has the power to come in and make changes to the roster, which could potentially leave Hayne searching for a new club.
While Hayne was a shining light for the 49ers in the preseason, he was dropped back to the practice squad after six games to increase his knowledge of the sport and develop his skills after just a few months in a foreign game.
Around him the club was imploding with superstar quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggling to recapture the form that led the 49ers to the Super Bowl a few seasons ago and failed to finish the season.
His US agent told Fairfax Media last week that his client had exceeded everybody's expectations.
"Here is the thing that people don't realise, when he was on practice squad he kept getting better and better," Bechta told Fairfax Media.
"And furthermore he did this in an environment that was highly dysfunctional with the changes – eventually head coach and quarterback – at the team.
"It's very traumatic for that to happen and he was still able to keep getting better and prove to the coaches he belonged and deserved a shot.
The foundation has been laid and I think his growth will accelerate dramatically going into this year ... He did really well, but the thing to note is that the glass is only half full. It's more than half full. He got the experience, he got to play and most importantly he proved he does belong in that league," he added.