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Sydney Club Reportedly Still Monitoring Foran Situation Despite Public Denials, Broncos Links

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/09/2020 Sporting News

The Manly Sea Eagles are still in the race to sign Kieran Foran despite Des Hasler’s public declaration the unwanted Canterbury playmaker’s fairy tale return to Brookvale ‘won’t happen’, according to reports.

Foran turned down a cut-price offer to re-sign with Canterbury in July and was immediately linked with the Sea Eagles.

But Hasler, who handed Foran his NRL debut in 2009 and signed him to his current three-year, $3.6 million Bulldogs deal, on Thursday ruled out reuniting with the New Zealand international.

“At this stage, no,” Hasler said on Thursday when asked if the Sea Eagles are interested in signing Foran.

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“Firstly because of cap room and also where we’re at and whether (2021 squad limit) is going to be 30 or 28, so no, it won’t happen.”

Reports this week suggested the Brisbane Broncos are strongly considering adding the 213-game veteran to their 2021 roster.

But News Corp journalist Brent Read on Thursday night told Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG not to discount the Sea Eagles just yet.

“I think the wildcard is Manly, I really do,” Read told Triple M.

“I know they’ve sort of downplayed it but I know for a fact that Manly are monitoring the Kieran Foran situation, they’re watching it.

“… He’s got great memories of the club, he loves Des (Hasler) and I reckon that’s the one you’ve got to watch in this,

“There was talk about Newcastle, there’s talk about Brisbane but I think Manly are the real wildcards here … and I think they’re very much in the mix.”

The 30-year-old this week underwent successful surgery to repair a torn pectoral suffered in the Bulldogs’ loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.

He is expected to be available for pre-season training in eight weeks.

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