Kieran Foran is willing to out his body on the line for Canterbury in the NRL.Kieran Foran has no thoughts of self-preservation.
Despite years of knocks taking their toll on the Canterbury halfback’s body, and at times questioning whether injuries would end his NRL career, Foran is refusing to change the way he plays.
Ever since he came into grade with Manly, the New Zealand playmaker has dug deep into the line and more often than not taken a whack for his troubles.
It’s hard not to draw a line between his lack of instinct to protect his body and the hamstring, back and shoulder problems which have plagued him the past several years.
As teammate Michael Lichaa says: “That’s why he’s a bit of a cripple now.”
But Foran, 27, says he only knows how to play one way and will continue to take the knocks that come with it.
“It’s something I don’t really think about,” Foran said.
“I’ve always liked to play deep into the line and try and give my outside runners as much space as possible and if that means taking a bigger knock than normal, than I’m prepared to take it.
“It’s something I won’t change and I’ll continue to do. I’ve just got to make sure my body can handle it week to week.”
After playing just 26 games for Parramatta and the Warriors during the past two season because of problems with his body, Foran says he’s confident of staying injury free for the next several years.
When he last year showed up to Canterbury pre-season training a month ahead of schedule to undergo intensive rehab, his body was hanging by a thread.
“When I came in before Christmas, I was thinking ‘how is this guy going to play rugby league, he’s battered and bruised’,” Lichaa said.
Foran suggested his injury problems were related to his mind.
He went through a well-publicised break up which ultimately led to him ask for a release from Parramatta and join the Warriors to escape the Sydney bubble.
But after finding peace of mind with new partner Karina May, he was hoping his mental demons and injury problems were behind him.
“It’s all connected isn’t it? If your mind is unsettled and things aren’t great there, the body takes a toll, I definitely found that with my back,” Foran said.
“My back felt heavy and it was just contributing to a lot of injuries I was having.
“I just focused hard on rebuilding the strength around my hips and around my legs.
“It’s all feeling pretty good at the moment.”