Kieran Foran at a post-match media conference last year when he was captain of the Eels.
Kieran Foran at a post-match media conference last year when he was captain of the Eels. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Foran set to meet with NRL's integrity unit

TROUBLED NRL star Kieran Foran's road to redemption starts next week.

He will meet with the NRL's integrity unit to answer two critical questions before he is fully registered to join the Warriors next season.

But the rumours have been swirling out of Sydney that there's almost no way the NRL will allow his return.

That has led to some critics to suggest Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle is wasting his time pursuing Foran.

"The feedback that I've been receiving has certainly not been telling me that under no circumstances will he be registered,” he told Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch.

"If I had been told by the NRL that there is no way they are going to register him for next year, we wouldn't be in this position.

"We wouldn't set him up to fail that's for sure.”

Foran will have more than one meeting with the integrity unit, and he will talk to more than one or two people.

The first question - what was Foran's relationship with controversial underground figure Eddie Hayson, and did he have any involvement in match fixing?

On both accounts, Foran professes his innocence, and Doyle thinks the same.

Doyle said Foran had denied any match fixing from the moment he step foot in the club, and the Warriors frontman believes every word.

"He plays to win, and when we watch him play, we see that,” said Doyle.

"He definitely said that match fixing and those sort things are just deplorable and not something he'd ever expect any of his teammates to do, never mind himself.”

Doyle also told Veitch, on the record, that Foran had looked him in the eye and denied all claims.

Which moves on to the second question, and perhaps the one that Foran will face his toughest battle with - what is his current state of mind and is he ready to return to football?

Doyle has been vocal on this for the past two months, and thinks Foran's progress is an indication of his readiness to return.

"It'll take a bit of time, but obviously we'll get there,” Doyle said.

"We've got the right support around him already. We've got him working with various experts and things.

"You could see with our environment, he felt really comfortable really quickly.

"When he first came over a few months back, I saw that straight away. Coming in the front door, at a new place, he was a little bit apprehensive, but within 10 minutes he had a lot of familiar people around him.”

Doyle said he and his staff had been prepping Foran for his meetings, ensuring he knows exactly what questions will be asked.

NZ HERALD



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