Eels fans will be cheering but Manly fans will be disappointed, with five-eighth Kieran Foran today informing team-mates of his decision to leave the club at season’s end.
Foran, 24, has played a total of 129 NRL games to date after debuting in 2009 and has made two grand finals, winning one of them in 2011.
The decision will see Foran join the Parramatta Eels from 2016 and whilst club coach Geoff Toovey is disappointed that Foran will be leaving, he wished him the best moving forward.
â€œKieran is a fantastic player and a wonderful young man. He has played an integral role in the Clubâ€™s recent on-field successes and will do so for the remainder of this season,â€ Toovey said.
â€˜Kieran has the utmost respect of everyone at the Club and we are proud to have seen him develop into the player that he is today.â€
â€œWhile todayâ€™s news is disappointing, we respect his decision and will move on quickly to ensure thatâ€™s weâ€™re focused for Friday nightâ€™s clash with the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval.â€
Also praising Foran and paying tribute to his services to the club was CEO Joe Kelly.
â€œKieran has been an incredible talent for the Sea Eagles for many years and itâ€™ll be sad for all of us to see him leave at the end of the season,â€ Mr Kelly said.
â€œI have great admiration for Kieran, not only as a footballer but most importantly as a person. He is a quality individual. I recognise that it has been an immensely difficult decision for Kieran.â€
Despite the departure of both 2015 halves from the end of the season, Kelly believes Manly can remain a dominant force with some astute signings and young halves in the ranks.
â€œThe Club is now in a position of having the resources necessary to recruit some of the best talent in the marketplace, to ensure that the Sea Eagles remain a dominant team in the NRL,” said Kelly.
â€œWe have an extremely bright future here at Manly. There is some prodigious young talent rising through our junior ranks, we have increased our resources in the football department, and we are investing in state of the art training facilities.â€
The Parramatta Eels have changed from the ground-up on the back of solid foundations led by Chairman Steve Sharp, CEO Scott Seward and coach Brad Arthur.
As a result, the club are pleased to see a player of Foran’s quality sign with the club.
â€œTodayâ€™s signing is a great endorsement for the clubâ€™s positive transformation over the last two years,â€ Eels Chairman Steve Sharp said.
â€œOur Head Coach, Brad Arthur, has done a tremendous job in building a quality squad that is ready to become a force in the NRL, and the addition of Kieran will only further strengthen our side.â€
Equally pleased is Seward, who looks forward to seeing Foran in the blue and gold colours come 2016.
â€œKieran is an outstanding talent who will play an important part of our team from the 2016 season,â€ Dyldam Parramatta Eels CEO Scott Seward said.
â€œPlayers of Kieranâ€™s calibre are rare in the NRL, and he will play a major role in our plans for the future at the club.â€
â€œThis club is hungry for success and we are thrilled to attract players whose skill and attitude will keep adding to the strength of our football side.â€
â€œWe wish him all the best for the remainder of the 2015 season.â€