Eagles to obstruct a Foran defection Adrian Proszenko April 22, 2012 Kieran Foran â€¦ centre of the dispute. Photo: Getty Images MANLY officials are considering asking the ARLC not to register Kieran Foran's contract should he sign with Canterbury as the tensions between the bitter rivals escalate in the lead-up to Friday night's grudge match. The Sun-Herald can reveal Sea Eagles powerbrokers sought legal advice during the week regarding their deal with Foran, who has a get-out clause in his contract. The clause has been activated by Des Hasler's defection to Belmore, making him a free agent. However, Manly will argue it should be rendered null and void as they believe Hasler breached his own contract in his acrimonious departure from the premiers. The Sea Eagles believe Hasler isn't entitled to further benefit from a move they claim is unlawful. If upheld, that would mean the star Kiwi playmaker would be obliged to remain with Manly. Advertisement: Story continues below The development has the potential to create another contract controversy similar to the tug of war between the Tigers and the Dragons for Tim Moltzen. Foran is torn between remaining at the club or rejoining Hasler, who helped transform him into one of the game's best players. In a further twist, Manly coach Geoff Toovey said Foran - along with Brett and Glenn Stewart - are a strong chance of returning for the ANZ Stadium clash. ''We won't make the decision till earlier in the week but we're hoping the guys who have been out for a while will be back,'' Toovey said. ''Those injuries have been around for a few weeks so we need to make sure they're right and we give them as much time as possible to get over them.'' With George Rose a chance of replacing the suspended Darcy Lussick, up to 13 of the 17 players Hasler coached in last year's grand final team could be available to take on their old mentor. Should Manly's legal challenge be successful, Foran is the only player affected. Another representative star, Tony Williams, is a free agent after signing a two-year deal with an option in his favour. While Brett Stewart has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave if Hasler does, he is off contract at the end of the year anyway. The rumour mill is in overdrive that Foran has already signed with Canterbury, but his manager denied a deal had been done. ''Kieran's contract circumstances have been well documented,'' said player agent George Mimis. ''At an appropriate time, when he's comfortable, he'll make a decision about his future.'' The Sea Eagles feel they have done everything possible to keep him, including re-signing halves partner Daly Cherry-Evans, offering Andrew Johns a halves mentoring role and tabling a lucrative deal. Other Manly stars on the open market include Lussick, Steve Matai and Matt Ballin. Toovey was hopeful the club could retain the majority of them. ''Nothing to divulge at this stage,'' he said. ''Like everyone, we hope those matters are concluded sooner rather than later. We're working hard and we're a good chance of retaining the majority.'' Meanwhile, Manly forward Anthony Watmough fired the first barb in the lead-up to Friday's grudge match. ''Dessie will be stressing,'' Watmough said yesterday. ''We'll leave him to stress and hopefully we'll let him stress them out. So it will be good for us.'' Pressed on whether there was something to prove to his old coach, he offered: ''Definitely not. We've gone our way, he's gone his way. It's just a matter of moving on and whoever plays the better footy wins.'' The Sun-Herald revealed in February that Manly were considering legal action against Hasler for breach of contract. That still remains a possibility, with solicitor Tim Unsworth - the son of former premier and Manly board member Barrie - looking into the matter. After news broke of Hasler's defection, the dual premiership-winning coach claimed he could have earned more money by staying. However, it is understood the Canterbury deal he accepted was more attractive than the highest Sea Eagles offer. And while Manly directors were panned for including key performances indicators in his contract, predominantly these revolved around spending budgets - and similar KPIs were inserted into his Bulldogs deal. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/eagles-to-obstruct-a-foran-defection-20120421-1xdoz.html#ixzz1sgcRSwX9 __________________________________________________________ The bold say it all really and the Kpi's at manly if meet would have meant a financial bonus for him.