Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers signed Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne to a three-year contact on Tuesday.

Hayne picked the 49ers over the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.

The 27-year-old Hayne has spent the past nine years (2006-14) in the National Rugby League (NRL) with the Parramatta Eels. In 2014, Hayne won numerous Dally M Awards, which are given to the best and fairest player over the entire National Rugby League regular season. He was named Player of the Year, Best Fullback, Top Tryscorer and Representative Player.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder likely will compete for a job as a running back and return man on special teams.