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Stakes raised in battle for Manly superstar Kieran Foran

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Ceagle, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Ceagle

    Ceagle Well-Known Member

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    HE Bulldogs have stepped up their bid to lure Manly's grand final five-eighth Kieran Foran to Belmore next season as Des Hasler continues to unsettle his former club.

    The Sunday Telegraph has been told Hasler has opened negotiations to try to convince Foran to exercise a get-out clause at Manly.

    As the Sea Eagles begin their premiership defence in the grand final rematch against the Warriors in Auckland today, the Bulldogs may present an equally big threat.

    They last week submitted a $2 million offer to extend Foran's contract until the end of 2015 and view the Kiwi Test halfback as a future captain.

    But while Manly chief operating officer David Perry has been in discussions with Foran for the past month, Canterbury have also been preparing to make a major sales pitch.

    When contacted by The Sunday Telegraph, Bulldogs coach Hasler declined to comment on whether the club had approached Foran, while chief executive Todd Greenberg chose his words carefully.

    "We never talk about the retention and recruitment of players publicly and don't intend to change that policy," Greenberg said.

    When Hasler left Manly, it activated a get-out clause in Foran's contract and now the Bulldogs are expected to offer Foran, 21, a three-year contract until the end of 2015.

    Manly's chief operating officer Perry maintains the premiers view Foran and halfback Daly Cherry-Evans as the future of the club.

    "Kieran has given the club every indication that he's very content and satisfied with the environment that he's in and we're optimistic about securing his services until the end of 2015," Perry said.

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    "We see him as a future leader in our club."

    So is Hasler over-stepping the mark by trying to entice Foran to Belmore, as he did with former Sea Eagles recruitment guru Noel Cleal, sports psychologist John Novak, sports scientist Liz Marin and sprint coach Clayton Kearney?

    Not according to ex-Manly captain Max Krilich, who was an outspoken critic of the way Hasler left the Sea Eagles with a playing roster heavy with back-ended contracts.

    Krilich said it was now purely business if the Bulldogs were chasing Foran.

    "I hope (Foran) stays at Manly because he's an outstanding player, but if Des is after him, I can understand that," Krilich said.

    "It's a business and he's got to do the best he can for Canterbury. Des is very good at what he does. He'll probably win the Bulldogs a competition within the next three years."

    The Bulldogs will be cashed-up with 11 players off-contract next season, including Kris Keating, David Stagg, Steve Turner, Bryson Goodwin, Dene Halatau, Johnathan Wright, Sam Kasiano, Joel Romelo, Martin Tapau, Luke MacDougall and Michael Lett.

    The most significant of the Bulldogs off-contract list is five-eighth Keating, who was dropped to the bench for last night's clash with Penrith.

    Hasler instead opted to go with Josh Reynolds in the No. 6 jumper, another indication that the two-time premiership-winning coach is preparing to go all-in for Foran's signature.

    The ace up Hasler's sleeve is the close rapport he enjoys with the Kiwi Test halfback after he gave him his first taste of NRL at age 18.

    Over the past three years, Hasler helped develop Foran into the best young half in the NRL and the respect they have for one another is mutual.

    Manly are aware of their strong relationship and will be doing everything possible to convince Foran to stay.

    The Sea Eagles have all but conceded they will lose rookie prop Darcy Lussick, with seven clubs chasing him.

    The Roosters are favoured to win Lussick's signature, with Parramatta and the Bulldogs also in the hunt.


    Dogs would be paying overs if they offered anymore then that

    I also don't see anything about Bulldogs offering Foran anything in that article
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    • Moondog

      Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Has anybody in league history shafted their former club the way this maggot has. Even John Ribot is'nt as big a prick as Hasler.
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      • Ceagle

        Ceagle Well-Known Member

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        I still think the key to this article is the amount we have rumored to of offered Foran.

        2mill over 3 years, will the Dogs pay more then that?
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        • bazeagle

          bazeagle Well-Known Member

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          Geez Moondog, massive call. Reality is Ribot tried to take over the entire game. Hasler just left a club and took some people with him.
        • Av8r

          Av8r Active Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +178 /11
          I hope Fozzie realises it's not all about the money. Have a look at Thurston, highest paid player in the game and not enough money left over for the rest of the squad. The Cowboys have been **** since we pumped them in the Prelim Final in 2007. Don't just look at the dollars Fozzie!
        • Moondog

          Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +5,271 /51
          Well, it's a good offer and at Manly he's got the chance of adding to his premiership tally. He seems like a sensible kid, so fingers crossed.[hr]
          I guess I'm more pissed off with Hasler because I considered him one of ours. Ribot was just a Wests blowin.
        • Clay

          Clay Well-Known Member

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          2 million over 3 years (650k+ per season), his good but wouldn't that make him the second highest paid player in the game behind Hoppa?

          Why do you have to pay overs for him? Anyone know what figures other clubs if any have thrown at him, honestly it would only be Manly and the dogs in the bidding war.
        • Napper

          Napper Well-Known Member

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          Pay him whatever this bloke will become Manly's 2nd immortal.

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