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Foran hits out at 'prying' media

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/09/2016

Kieran Foran © Mark Metcalfe/GETTY IMAGES Kieran Foran Warriors recruit Kieran Foran has lashed out at the media for prying into his personal life, assuring fans he has done nothing wrong.

The troubled Kiwi star last week signed for the Warriors on a one-year deal for 2017, putting weeks of speculation to bed.

Foran, 26, struggled with personal demons throughout 2016 and ended a lucrative deal at Parramatta in July to address his mental health problems.

His relationship with controversial Sydney-based punter Eddie Hayson has also been thrust into the spotlight.

Foran took to Instagram on Sunday night to blast media outlets for their alleged meddling and to thank the public for their support.

His words were accompanied by a picture of a deserted beach.

"I am incredibly disappointed in the media prying into my personal life, especially my families (sic)," Foran wrote.

"They choose to write stories based on total lies.

"I want to assure you, I have done nothing wrong."

Warriors chief Jim Doyle told reporters on Friday that the ex-Manly star would have access to mental skills coaches, psychologists and mentors in Auckland next year.

He would also be close to family members, including godfather, lawyer Don MacKinnon.

Foran wrote on social media that had been open about his struggles with mental illness and was trying to wake up with a positive outlook.

However, he felt negative headlines made this process difficult.

He said he understood his place in the public eye but didn't feel this justified the alleged attacks against him.

"All I have done, is gotten sick, admitted publicly to it and taken time out for myself," Foran wrote.

"I just ask that I am given the time I need to heal in peace."

Foran will form an all-Kiwi spine for the Warriors alongside halfback Shaun Johnson, hooker Issac Luke and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

However his contract, worth a reported $600,000, is yet to be ratified by the NRL. The governing body want further assurances on Foran's mental condition and relationship with Hayson.

Doyle said Foran was happy to tick any boxes necessary to get back on the playing field.

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