Foran ready to face Bulldogs
Dyldam Parramatta Eels Team Captain Kieran Foran is set to back up his Round 2 club debut, and pull on the Blue and Gold again on Friday night as the Eels take on old rivals the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
The halfback overcame a false start at his new club, missing the Eels’ season-opener with a hamstring complaint, to become player number 778 for the Blue and Gold and skipper the side to a 20-16 win over the defending premiers, the North Queensland Cowboys.
“I do get frustrated with it, but overall it’s great to be back out there with the guys,” Foran.
“It is always nice to come to a club and not have any injury issues, and in a perfect world, that would be great, but it’s not to be because I do have this issue at the moment.”
"I don’t want to miss any more footy, and it was just good to get the win,” Foran said.
The halfback confirmed he would be take the field against the Bulldogs on Friday at ANZ Stadium, after following a modified training program during the week to manage his troublesome hamstring.
“I will be playing this week for sure, there is no doubt about that,” Foran said.
"I got through the Cowboys game fine, didn’t do anymore damage to it and I just have to nurse my way through this week and I will be right. I am just trying to get myself in the best shape possible for each game, and if that means not doing too much running through the week then that’s what we are prepared to do.”
“In terms of my results and strength testing, it’s all going really well, so it is a bit of a mystery of what is actually causing the pain.”
After the clash against the Bulldogs, the Eels enjoy a welcome 10 day turn-around before their Round Four clash against the Wests Tigers on Monday 28 March at ANZ Stadium.
“In terms of strength, it’s all there and I am hitting all my markers, but there is a pain issue there and something going on that is causing me a lot of discomfort when I am running,” Foran said.
“The guys here are working overtime to work out what the issue is and I am sure they will get there eventually.”
“I am not able to do too much training at the moment because I am just trying to get through each game but I am confident we will get on top of it soon."