- Mar 11, 2009
no news yet about Foran ??
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IF true, this just proves we have lost the plot. Our recruitment and retention team are muppets. Foran cannot cover the ground a 9 does for 60min and do the defensive work around the rucks.
Spent more time on the sidelines in the past 5 years than both Tom and Dylan... how on Earth is he going to hold down the ruck?
Is Keiran Foran Kieran Forans evil twin? Pfft hacks..Foran's Manly reunion inches closer but Hetherington won't join him
The Sea Eagles could welcome Keiran Foran home in the unfamiliar position of hooker as early as next week, but Jack Hetherington won't be joining him on the Northern Beaches.
NRL.com understands that Hetherington informed suitors Manly and the Warriors this week that his future does not lie with either club after being given permission to explore a move from Penrith.
Canterbury now loom as favourites for his signature should a release from his 2021 Panthers contract come about, though no formal offer has been lodged by the Bulldogs yet.
Talks are scheduled to continue next week between Hetherington's camp and both clubs.
Penrith are loath to lose the 24-year-old but won't stand in his way if he can secure a longer contract and regular NRL game time elsewhere.
Incoming Bulldogs coach and current Panthers assistant Trent Barrett looms as the trump card in potentially taking him to Belmore after Manly's interest was knocked back.
Hetherington's desire to stay in Sydney is understood to have ruled the Warriors out despite enjoying his loan stint with the club this season.
The Sea Eagles are still in the market for a front-rower after Addin Fonua-Blake's own Warriors move freed up a sizeable chunk of salary cap space to work with, with former Bulldog Foran their immediate priority.
Talks around handing Foran a one-year NRL lifeline will continue into next week as Manly's season reviews take place.
The looming Sea Eagles offer is believed to include an option for a second season in the club’s favour, with final negotiations around that clause the last hurdle to Foran's return.
No official comment has been made by Manly, Penrith or Canterbury on the futures of Hetherington and Foran.
Manly's roster has been a focus since Fonua-Blake's exit became public last week, with fellow big man Taniela Paseka upgraded on an extension until the end of 2024 and Manase Fainu also re-signed for another two years.
Foran's potential return to the Northern Beaches has prompted club officials to tout a shift to hooker for the veteran playmaker.
The prospect of rekindling his halves partnership with Daly Cherry-Evans has caused angst around the future of prodigious 19-year-old playmaker Josh Schuster.
Foran's mooted arrival had caused angst around Schuster's future given he has been touted as Manly's long-term five-eighth, but he remains contracted to the Sea Eagles until the end of 2022.
With Fainu still unavailable under the NRL's no-fault stand down policy until next July when he goes on trial over an alleged assault, a move into the forwards for Foran could offer much needed depth in the hooking role.
Danny Levi has been told he won't be offered a contract for 2021, while Cade Cust and Lachlan Croker are the other half-hooker options in Manly's squad as the injured Dylan Walker eyes a move from five-eighth back to the centres.
Whether Foran's body can hold up to the physical demands of defending up front is the biggest question.
He is nursing a ruptured pectoral that is expected to sideline him until Christmas after an injury-plagued stint at Canterbury.
It was Hasler that first brought Foran to Belmore before his own tenure ended in 2017, with the Kiwi international playing just 40 games in three years for the Bulldogs when his multimillion-dollar deal ranked him as one of the best-paid playmakers in the NRL.
When Foran did get on the paddock he was consistently one of Canterbury's best and worked his way back into the New Zealand Test side last year before cruelly suffering a dislocated shoulder five minutes into his Kiwis return.
The Bulldogs tabled a one-year offer to keep Foran, but the 30-year-old opted to go to market in search of a longer deal.
I agree mate, a low price contract at only one year, with a one year option in the club's favour seems extremely low risk from Manly's perspective. As long as Josh stays put, I'm happy enough.Happy enough about Foran because he's not the ridiculous contract - good $$, short with option on out favour.
And beyond thrilled about Hetherington not coming. Suspension in a can.
Congratulations on breaking the big news @MitchBREAKING: Manly sign Kieran Foran. One year deal. One year option to club. @NRLonNine @9NewsSyd
If the word is correct that he’s signed for one year with an option for another,in the clubs favour,I can’t see a problem with his acquisition