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Sport Kieran Foran: Bulldogs coach Dean Pay throws trust behind young playmakers to fill Foran void

13:05  13 november  2019
13:05  13 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay is ready to place his trust in the young brigade of playmakers to fill the void left by injured veteran Kieran Foran Foran 's million a year contract also leaves a gaping hole in the Bulldogs ' salary cap for next season, and Channel 9 News has revealed the NRL

The return of Kieran Foran will fix a lot of woes but coach Dean Pay doesn't want the Test five-eighth viewed as Canterbury's saviour. Foran had been completing all training sessions as he makes his way back from a shoulder reconstruction following New Zealand's win over Great Britain last November.

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Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay is ready to place his trust in the young brigade of playmakers to fill the void left by injured veteran Kieran Foran next season.

The club's worst fears were realised on Wednesday when Foran was ruled out for next season after he injured his shoulder playing for the Kiwis against Great Britain.

Just four minutes into his return to the Test arena, having only played once for the Kiwis since 2015, the 29-year-old was withdrawn from the field with a dislocated shoulder.

And after going under the knife this week, the Bulldogs confirmed the damage was worse than first thought, meaning he'll be sidelined for up to a year.

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Bulldogs coach Dean Pay has admitted that Kieran Foran would help his struggling side - but has stopped short of blaming their 32-6 loss to Manly on the injured playmaker . Pay told the media after the game that the 14 errors cost his side any chance of toppling the competition heavyweights.

Kieran Foran 's expected early return from ankle surgery is set to leave Dean Pay with a welcome selection headache at the Bulldogs scrumbase. Young halves Jack Cogger and Lachlan Lewis both played key roles in Canterbury's breakthrough 24-12 defeat of North Queensland, Pay particularly

"Kieran Foran yesterday underwent re-constructive surgery on his injured shoulder," the Bulldogs confirmed in a statement released on Wednesday morning. 

"The surgery revealed that there was new and additional damage to the shoulder that will require Kieran to undergo further surgery later this month.

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"At this stage the rehabilitation period for recovery has been estimated as being between 9 and 12 months."

It leaves Dean Pay's side bereft of first-grade experience in the halves department as they look to capitalise on their strong end to the 2019 season next year.

Foran's $1 million a year contract also leaves a gaping hole in the Bulldogs' salary cap for next season, and Channel 9 News has revealed the NRL are likely to hand the club relief worth $350,000.

This leaves them with an opportunity to potentially search the market for a stop-gap option to cover the loss of Foran.

However, with the emergence of a handful of their young playmakers, an optimistic Pay says he's excited to see the likes of Lachlan Lewis and Jack Cogger stand up in Foran's absence.

"We've got some great young kids here," Pay told Channel 9 News.

"Lachie Lewis, Jack Cogger and Brandon Wakeham are some definite young guys here that have stepped up last year, so again we're confident in our young guys."

With Foran's contract at Belmore expiring at the end of 2020, the experienced halfback's NRL future looks clouded.

And having struggled with persistent injuries throughout this 11-year career, Foran's latest heavy setback spells fears his career may be over entirely.

"It's disappointing, we just need to work through what our best options are for him," Pay said.

"It's important that we all stay positive for him and move through it."

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