Hasler confirms Foran's Bulldogs move
IT'S official. Kieran Foran will be a Bulldog next season.
In a selfless decision made to be closer to his two children, the superstar playmaker has signed a three-year-deal with the Dogs.
The move will see Foran reunite with mentor and former Manly coach Des Hasler.
The 26-year-old moves to Belmore was confirmed by Hasler at a press conference on Wednesday.
"He will be here at the Bulldogs next year and two more years after that," Hasler said.
"Kieran's list of priorities have always been about family stability.
"There would have been a lot of clubs queuing up for his signature.
"Knowing Kieran - he'll want to focus on the rest of this year now with the Warriors."
Foran has often sought counsel from Hasler and long been linked with a move to Belmore in order to reunite with Hasler.
It's no secret the Bulldogs coach made a play for Foran last time he came off-contract although he ultimately decided to pen a lucrative deal with Parramatta which last just half a year.
Still two years on, Hasler has finally lured Foran to Belmore.
While the ink is barely dry on the contract, Foran has waived the usual 10 day cooling off period so the club could confirm the signing on Wednesday.
Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle was thrilled with the acquisition.
"We are delighted to have secured the services of Kieran for the next three seasons," Castle said.
"He is a highly experienced and talented play-maker who will be a great asset to our team.
"We look forward to Kieran joining up with us leading into next year's campaign."
The official announcement comes a day after Foran broke the news to the Warriors that he would be returning to Sydney at the end of the year.
The New Zealand international landed in Auckland on a one-year-deal thanks to his close relationship with Warriors CEO Jim Doyle.
While his time across the Tasman got off to a false start, he wasted little time finding his groove on the field.
But his decision wasn't purely football based with his family ultimately swaying him to leave the Warriors.
"It's so good being around the boys and the people here. Every day I have a smile on my face when I come to training," Foran said on Tuesday.
"But, in the end, it came down to my kids and what's best for them. I need to be back in Sydney to be closer to them.
"Before I do there's plenty to do here. I want to finish here as well as I possibly can. We can do something this year and I want to play my part in that."