Current NRL player and sports journeyman Jarryd Hayne has indicated that if he is not picked to represent Australia in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup then he may play for the intergalactic basketball franchise 'The Monstars'.
Hayne, who holds a realistic view on the wealth of talent available for Australia at the upcoming World Cup from October to December, is no stranger to changing codes, having played American Football in the NFL for San Francisco before returning to his first passion, the NRL.
"I'm not going to lie to myself, there are a handful of players that probably warrant selection over me, and that's fine. I've represented Fiji in the past, and I've also managed to swap sports. To play for the Monstars is just a continuation of that legacy," said Hayne.
"While I haven't had a lot of basketball experience, and I've lived the majority of my life in the three dimensions of space, I'm confident that I have something to offer in the world of 2D animated basketball.
"Representing Australia had been a huge thrill, and I'm thankful to Fiji for the opportunity to represent them at the highest level as well, but I've watched the Monstars evolve into a powerhouse for their lowly beginnings as the Nerdlucks, and I'd be honoured to play under the guidance of their carnival owner, Mr Swackhammer.
"To represent another planet entirely, well, that's always been a dream of mine."
Asked for comment about their new recruit, fellow Monstars teammate Bupkus was hopeful.
"What he lacks in experience he more than makes up for in strength and enthusiasm. I'm confident that if we give him rocket rollerskates, or a giant mallet, or spring shoes, that he can do some damage out there."
Australia's squad is not expected to be announced until closer to the World Cup opening on October 27.