After piloting Parramatta to second after six NRL rounds, Kieran Foran faces his old club Manly for the first time on Thursday night and the Sea Eagles’ premiership winner is finally injury free.
Foran has battled a hamstring complaint for the first five weeks of the season.
But any doubts it would plague him throughout 2016 were cast aside when he produced one of the best individual tries of the year so far in the Eels’ 36-6 shellacking of Canberra on Saturday afternoon at Pirtek Stadium.
In the 26th minute, Foran broke the Raiders’ line and beat fullback Jack Wighton with a big left-foot step that brought comparisons to Brad Fittler.
Foran laughed off those comparisons post-match, but said it was proof the injury was behind him.
“Moments like that help you get over the worry about your injuries,” he said.
“We have worked overtime on it. We are confident it is strong and we are not going to have any issues on it going forward.”
Foran spent seven seasons with Manly, including their 2011 premiership win. He was the subject of a fierce tug-of-war between the Eels and Sea Eagles for his signature, before he moved west for the 2016 season.
“I just have to get the body right because it is a short turnaround. It is going to be a big match,” Foran said ahead of Parramatta’s trip to Brookvale Oval.
“It will be good to go back there. They have been finding some good combinations the last couple of weeks. It is always a really big contest when these two clubs play each other. I am looking forward to it.”
However, Foran won’t come up against his former Manly halves partner Daly Cherry-Evans who is out for another month due to an ankle injury.
Halfway through round six, Parramatta (4-2) sit behind only Brisbane (5-1) on the ladder.