Canterbury coach Des Hasler won’t even think about trying to lure Kieran Foran to Belmore until he is sure the troubled NRL star has addressed personal issues.
Foran last week walked away from a $5 million NRL deal with Parramatta as he battles depression.
The former New Zealand Test halfback has been linked with a move to Canterbury under former mentor Hasler – with whom he won the 2011 NRL premiership at Manly.
Foran revealed that he had sounded out Hasler for advice at some of his toughest times while the Bulldogs coach has twice tried to lure him to the club when he was off-contract.
“He’s a player I coached over a number of years and what’s really important is that – and I’m really happy with the respect he’s been dealt with – is that he’s unwell,” Hasler said.
“He’s on a path to recovery and that’s the most important thing at the moment.”
The Bulldogs were reported to have held informal discussions with Foran.
Canterbury would need to unload players to get Foran on their books next year with five-eighth Josh Reynolds off contract at the end of 2017 and Moses Mbye signed until 2020.
However Hasler said football would have to take a backseat and he didn’t expect Foran to address his playing future until he was in a better frame of mind.
“He’s got to get well first and then play footy,” Hasler said.
“I think he indicated that earlier in the week. It’s just about getting well. Whether he plays or not is another thing.”
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