Playing in first-grade is what all players want to do and with the recent success of the current Parramatta Eels roster, that was not something that Liam Foran could achieve.
So, what did he do? He opted for a move where there was more opportunity and more of a chance to play regular first-grade, signing with English Super League side, the London Broncos.
Foran, who is New Zealand born, has inked a 2-year deal with the club and will enjoy a second stint in the Super League, having previously played at the Salford Devils.
The 26-year old has also played for NRL sides the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles and with the signing now complete, Foran is looking forward to his new club.
“I’m really pleased that the deal is done and I’m extremely excited about becoming a London Broncos player and seeing what next year holds,” said Foran.
Although the Broncos have had their fair share of both on and off-field turmoil recently, the direction that head coach Joey Grima wants to take the club in was a big part in Foran’s decision.
“I’ve been in constant contact with Joey Grima throughout our contract talks and I’ve really got a good understanding about his plans for the future and how passionate he is towards success,” he said.
With new team-mates to become accustomed to and a new team to adapt to, Foran is confident in his ability and believes he can mesh well together with the current crop of players.
“I know that I have come a long way in my rugby league in the last 12 months and I’m very confident that I can play some really good footy,” said Foran.
“Hopefully, along with my fellow team-mates, we can string some wins together and build some confidence as a club.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge having already played in the UK for Salford in 2013 where things didn’t quite go to plan. I’m determined to play some really good footy that I know I’m capable of.”
As for Grima, he knows what Foran is capable of, having watched his progress during his time in the Storm’s U20’s side.
“Having watched Liam play for the Melbourne Storm Under-19s right up to the NRL grade, I know the standard he is capable of,” said Grima.
“It’s pleasing and refreshing that this calibre of player want to play for the London Broncos and we’re all excited to see Liam at the club next season.”