Foran says he is leaving Warriors

first_imgForan has told his teammates that he will not be staying at the club, but will move to Sydney to be closer to his children.Foran has been heavily linked with a switch to the Bulldogs.”It has been an incredibly tough decision to make but it has reached the point where I had to make a call and I’ve done that today,” Foran said in a statement.”I love it so much here at this club and I have so many people to thank for helping me to get my life and my football career back on track.”I really wanted to find a way of staying and spending more time here because it’s so good being around the boys and the people here. Every day I have a smile on my face when I come to training.”But, in the end, it came down to my kids and what’s best for them. I need to be back in Sydney to be closer to them.”Before I do there’s plenty to do here. I want to finish here as well as I possibly can. We can do something this year and I want to play my part in that.”Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said Foran’s decision is understandable.”Of course, we would have liked Kieran to stay longer and we looked at ways of making that possible,” he said.”I know how much he likes it here and how much he wanted to extend his time but his kids’ welfare is paramount. We support him in what he has decided to do and wish him all the best.”For us, it has been great to see how far he has come getting his life back in order and now being in a position to be able to help the team on the field. He wants to finish the season strongly.”Doyle said the club had options to consider now Foran’s future has been clarified.”While we were hoping Kieran would stay we also knew there was a chance he would return to Sydney so we considered that in our planning,” he said.Since making his Warriors debut against Gold Coast on April 2, Foran has played in each of the team’s last five matches. His last outing against the Sydney Roosters on April 30 provided the 100th win in his 161 NRL appearances so far.Photo By: SCOTT BARBOUR/Getty Images (Kieran Foran looks set to be signing with the Bulldogs).last_img read more

DURCAN AND MURPHY NAMED IN THE GAA.IE TEAM OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

first_imgDONEGAL’S Paul Durcan and Michael Murphy have been named on the Team of the Year (So Far) by gaa.ie, the game’s official website.Those behind the verdict admit season teams are picked at the end of they year – but with that in mind they have come up with their ‘Football Team of the Season So Far’.“It should hopefully start a debate on who will be in contention for All Stars at the end of the season,” says the site. Disagree with their selection? Comment on the team at facebook.com/officialgaa or on Twitter, @officialgaaHere’s what they say about picking captain Murphy and keeper Durcan.1. Paul Durcan (Donegal)There are reports that Durcan is considering a move to Dubai in 2016, and if that is the case, Donegal will be deprived of one of their top assets. While he probably should have done better with Lee Keegan’s looping shot towards goal in Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, this has been another excellent season for the Four Masters man. He only conceded three goals in the whole summer, and kept clean sheets against Armagh, Derry, Monaghan and Galway. He made vital saves at vital times, and as usual, his kick-outs were out of the top drawer. May not get the All Star, but he has been the best goalkeeper so far this summer. 11. Michael Murphy (Donegal)What more can you say about Michael Murphy? Arguably the defining Gaelic footballer of the last five years, Murphy was by a distance Donegal’s best player again in 2015, leading them gallantly in six gruelling matches. Murphy’s awesome ability leads to his deployment all over the field for Donegal, and sometimes his selfless work for the cause limits his scope for individual expression. Yet he still manages to hit the heights time and time again. He was immense in the win over Armagh, kicking some outrageous long-range frees, while his towering performance against Derry included a couple of absolute belters from open play. He was subdued in the Ulster final, but when he was switched to full-forward against Galway, he was involved in two golden moments – the first, a wonderful individual point, and the second a brilliant flick to set up Ryan McHugh’s goal. In Saturday’s defeat to Mayo, he never let up and finished with eight points, three from play, despite carrying an injury into the game. Donegal have probably been knocked out too early for Murphy to win another All Star, but he was brilliant this summer.DURCAN AND MURPHY NAMED IN THE GAA.IE TEAM OF THE YEAR (SO FAR) was last modified: August 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgaa.ieMichael MurphyPaul Durcanteam of the season so farlast_img read more