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Foran's move 'media speculation': Warriors

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

Warriors players couldn't care less about speculation on the future of star player Kieran Foran, saying it's not a distraction. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Warriors players couldn't care less about speculation on the future of star player Kieran Foran, saying it's not a distraction. Warriors players say¬†speculation that star player Kieran Foran will be off to another club should even bore the media reporting it.

The Bulldogs are the latest club to have reportedly snared the 26-year-old Kiwi's signature after he ends his one-year deal with the Warriors, but the Auckland-based club denies it.

Shaun Johnson told reporters on Friday the report was speculation manufactured by the media.

"If anything probably you guys should get tired of it really. We've known all along what Foz's intentions are. He's made that perfectly clear and he's been honest with everyone."

Foran hadn't expressed frustration about the speculation, Johnson said.

"I think this is probably a bigger deal to, sorry to blanket it, but you lot, than to us as a playing group.

"We have distractions every week. This has been around for a while now but Foz is in a really good place. He's loving being around the boys, loving being at the club, loving playing footy. As long as he's doing that with a smile on his face we don't care what's going on in the background.

"He's probably having a little giggle at this as well."

Johnson ruled out following him to the Bulldogs and wanted to stay with the Warriors.

Ryan Hoffman says players are always coming off contracts and talking to other clubs.

"It's not a distraction. We are professional players and this is the way the game is," he said.

Foran's one-year deal was worth it if he did leave.

"The worth is going to be what we are doing in October this year. Whether we are sitting on the couch or playing a game of rugby league."

Hoffman was open to the suggestion of a four-week transfer window at the end of the season, to avoid such mid-season speculation about players' futures.

However, it was a short time-frame to make a decision and then move, find schools for children etc.

"It isn't the ideal scenario what we have now but I'd really find it very hard to find something that's better."

Warriors coach Stephen Kearny also denied it was a distraction and they were easily focusing on training for Tuesday's Anzac Day match against the Storm in Melbourne.

"May have," he said when asked if they addressed it over the previous days as he was adamant he wasn't commenting on Foran.

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