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Warriors, Storm want Foran

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by SeaEagle007, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. SeaEagle007

    SeaEagle007 Well-Known Member

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    Adrian Proszenko and Aaron Lawton
    March 25, 2012
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    Sought-after signature … Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran now has the Warriors and Melbourne after his services, as well as Canterbury. Photo: Getty Images
    MANLY face an even greater task to retain Kieran Foran after the Warriors and Melbourne joined the Bulldogs in the race for his signature.

    The Sea Eagles have locked up halfback Daly Cherry-Evans on an upgraded deal but the future of his halves partner Foran remains uncertain. The Kiwi pivot is effectively a free agent, as he has a get-out clause in his contract that was activated when Des Hasler defected to Canterbury. While the interest from the Bulldogs is well known, the emergence of the Storm and the Warriors as contenders will make it even harder for Manly to retain the playmaker.

    The Warriors are on the lookout for a replacement pivot for Roosters-bound James Maloney next season. While they have signed Thomas Leuluai from Wigan for next year, it is understood officials would like to pair gun halfback Shaun Johnson with Foran, as Leuluai is also a capable hooker. The fact that Foran is a New Zealander - he has represented the Kiwis on seven occasions - could give last year's grand finalists a distinct advantage in negotiations.

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    However, Warriors boss Wayne Scurrah gave little away when contacted about the club's interest in the 21-year-old.

    ''We don't talk about our recruiting decisions until we've got something to say,'' Scurrah said.

    ''We have flagged with the new owners - Owen Glenn and Eric Watson - that we are committed to development. We are looking to do more in development and any signings we make outside the club will be high-level ones that will complement the team performance.''

    Melbourne have also become contenders for Foran's services. The Storm could have money to spend - and a halves spot available - if they are unable to retain Cooper Cronk. The Queensland and Australian star is the other big name on the open market and has been headhunted by South Sydney and Gold Coast.

    Despite the Titans' financial difficulties, there have been rumours the club is close to securing Cronk on a four-year deal reportedly worth $2.6 million. Should that transpire, Foran would be an obvious replacement, ensuring the Storm continue into the future with a ''big three'' in the spine of their attack. Souths also have room to raise their offer after Dave Taylor decided to head to the Titans next year.

    Manly's salary cap is almost bursting at the seams from next year and some marquee names will have to move elsewhere. The premiers won't be able to keep all of their off-contract stars, with Foran, Brett Stewart, Steve Matai and Darcy Lussick among those on the free-agent list. Cherry-Evans's upgrade will only further complicate matters given several players are on heavily back-ended deals.

    Given his tender age, representative status and marketability - Foran was given the honour of opening the NRL season alongside his halves partner - the Asquith Magpies junior could command up to $700,000 a season on the open market.

    Earlier this month, the Herald revealed Foran's management team was seeking a pay rise of 14 per cent of Manly's overall cap - a total that translates to $600,000 a year. But the likely cap rise to $5 million next year would mean the Kiwis international would earn about $700,000 a season.

    Manly chief David Perry was hopeful of landing Foran's signature. ''We understand Kieran's position and that he is much sought-after. We're not seeking to put any further pressure on him but it's no secret that he's an integral part of the club and we'd love to have him here long term. That's what we're working towards.'

    And here it goes again lol you gotta laugh
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    • eagles2win

      eagles2win Well-Known Member

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      Just has to remember what these clubs did to Liam....
    • WAMF

      WAMF Well-Known Member

      +408 /0
      Hey bro, don't go.
    • MadMarcus

      MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +8,380 /74
      Sounds like an article by Foran's manager listing every possible club that could be interested in him...

      If the Storm have the cash to sign Kieren, wouldn't you think they would just keep Cronk??
    • Berkeley_Eagle

      Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

      +2,125 /14
      Manly's salary cap is almost bursting at the seams

      These dribblers seem to know all about Manlys financials
    • Andrew..

      Andrew.. It's better to burn out, than to fade away. 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +2,535 /31
      News Flash....Every club would want Foran!
    • Clint

      Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +2,173 /34

      another beat up yawn fest of a story
    • wizball1973

      wizball1973 Active Member

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      The Warriors are a huge threat.

      The strong mail in Dorkland right now is that if the Warriors want him, they can have him:

      - they were upwards of a million under the cap last year

      - they have extra Maloney money

      - he is a Kiwi

      On the upside for us is that the Warriors won't spend huge on any player and they have guns in the lower grades so don't need him.
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      • wombatgc

        wombatgc Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        WHEN it comes to footballing and leadership talent there are few who are more impressive than Kieran Foran, and once you learn about his breeding it explains why he handles himself so well on and off the field. Kieran's father, Greg, was the 2IC at Woolworths. He left that job to take on another role - the head of Walmart in China.

        Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/
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        • Clay

          Clay Well-Known Member

          +1,532 /66
          The warriors have a new billionaire owner, the days of them not filling there cap are gone.
        • bob dylan

          bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

          +6,440 /192
          Tell them all to wish in one hand and **** in the other and see which one fills quickest.
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          • Moondog

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

            +5,271 /51
            With his fathers connections in China apparently a few clubs have put out feelers, anyway here's the short list..... Shanghai Foodogs Rugby League Club, Shanghai Touch-Football Club, Shanghai Ultimate Frisbee Players Association, Shanghai Saints and Sirens Gaelic Football Club, and Shanghai Tigers Aussie Rules Football Club.....the frisbee association are said to be cashed up with no worries staying under the cap.....
          • jbb/james

            jbb/james Well-Known Member Premium Member

            +1,493 /35

            As far as I am aware it is not possible to be a million under the cap any year. The NRL introduced a rule approx 5 years ago that ensured that all clubs spent the cap or withing a couple a hundred K within it . They did this to stop clubs parking cash for future raids and to protect the integrity of their product

            Please correct me if I am wrong

            Not saying the kiwis dont have cash to spend but in a year they paid overs for inu, mateo and berrigan i doubt they were that far under the cap
          • Kiwi Eagle

            Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +3,886 /65
            I don't think the Warriors are a threat to us at all with Foran tbh, especially after the way they treated Liam

            I wasn't worried about the Storm either until a few minutes ago. 1 of my good mates has moved to Melbourne and was at the game yesterday, and saw Kieran there in a suit being given a tour of the ground
          • lloydy

            lloydy Active Member

            +86 /0
            I'm hoping your friend might have been confused with DCE as he was there in a suit yesterday doing commentary for the toyota cup.
          • clontaago

            clontaago Well-Known Member

            +170 /1
            There is no way a player they are looking to sign would be given a tour of the facilities on game day.

            It would have been DCE.
          • Kiwi Eagle

            Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +3,886 /65
            Na it wasn't DCE, he knows his stuff

            At a guess I would say it was the only day free in our training schedule that he could get away. Maybe he wasn't getting a full tour of the facilities but he was definitely there in a suit according to my mate
          • eagles2win

            eagles2win Well-Known Member

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            Neither do I tbh. And it's not my Liam theory either.
            The Warriors have a gun 5/8 playing 20s (he's played for them for a few years now).
            Now coupled with the fact that big chunks of there 20 premiership winning teams are now playing NRL will make it easier for them (combos already existing).

            I feel that Cronk will be at the Storm as long as Smith and Bellamy's there. Probably 2015 and they'll sign with Ipswich
          • MadMarcus

            MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

            +8,380 /74
            I think I read an article by Rothfield about that. Although he doesn't speak Chinese and they don't speak English, apparently Kieren thinks he will be able to communicate much better with the Chinese than with Manly's dysfunctional Board so it is a real possibility that he will go.
          • Masked Eagle

            Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

            +976 /0
            I'm sure they are interested. Who wouldn't be?

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