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NRL adds fine print to Foran's Dogs deal

NZN 10/05/2017 Matt Encarnacion

The NRL will again tick off on Kieran Foran's three-year contract with Canterbury - but it will come once more with strict conditions over his betting activities.

The Bulldogs on Wednesday finally announced Foran's signing on a three-year deal from the 2018 season, ending months of speculation about the club's pursuit of the Warriors' star.

It will be the first time Foran plays with a Sydney club since sensationally departing Parramatta after nine games last year for personal issues, including gambling and depression.

He spent months training with the Warriors over the summer and was forced to undergo psychological assessments before the governing body gave the green light for him to play.

It was understood he was also forced to end links with gambling identity Eddie Hayson.

And just like the heavy scrutiny over his move to Auckland, a NRL spokesperson confirmed to AAP conditions were likely to be imposed on Foran's registration with the Bulldogs.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler on Wednesday welcomed the opportunity to mentor Foran at Belmore, re-commencing a player-coach relationship that began more than a decade ago at Manly.

Foran debuted in 2006 under Hasler's watch at the Sea Eagles.

"Mentoring is always a big part in any rugby league club, as must clubs will have mentors in that particular field. What I think is important is stability," Hasler said.

"At the end of the day, I think any coach would certainly have to tick that box, that there's always a mentoring role for all the players."

Hasler reiterated Foran's comments on Tuesday over his two Sydney-based kids being the main factor in his decision to move back after a season in Auckland.

The two-time premiership-winning coach was adamant Foran would have enough support to maintain his rehabilitation from the mental demons that forced him to quit last year.

"The priorities Kieran's shown are typical of his character, the way he's been able to come back and get things back on track is admirable of him," Hasler said.

"(Welfare has) obviously been a real focus and that's one thing about the rugby league community - which should be highlighted - it was able to reach out.

"Mental health issues are very private, but Kieran knows he can reach out for help. Rugby league is well supported by a lot of institutions that have worked very hard in that field, especially males."

Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle was delighted to secure the prize signature of the New Zealand international, likely to partner Moses Mbye next season in the halves.

His recruitment comes less than two weeks after confirmation Aaron Woods wwill also be moving next season to Belmore.

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