Bulldogs playmaker Kieran Foran could make up a revamped Brisbane Broncos spine next year.
The Broncos have endured a torrid season which has seen them plummet to 15th on the ladder, one place ahead of the Bulldogs, and are looking to bring in experienced and proven NRL performers in order to steady the sinking ship.
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And the Broncos hierarchy sees 2011 Premiership champion Foran as an ideal candidate for the roster overhaul, citing his toughness, organisation and big-game experience as some of the characteristics they are after.
Foran has recently undergone surgery on the torn pectoral he suffered in round 17 but has been given the all-clear to return to training in eight weeks, meaning he will be fit for pre-season.
And his manager has said he would be the “perfect fit” for Brisbane, alongside 20-year-old half Tom Dearden next year if Anthony Milford is given a run in the fullback role following Darius Boyd’s retirement at the end of the season.
“Kieran Foran was probably in the top three halves in the competition this year and played in every game [since round four] before he got injured,” Ayoub told NRL.com.
“Kieran is only 30 and everybody knows that his body is fine. He has had issues in the past but he has worked on it and his body has never been better.
“He will be back in eight weeks. He has had his injury and it was a clean injury to his pec. Unfortunately for him the timing wasn’t ideal but like everybody else he will come back from it.”
TAMOU CLOSE TO FINALISING SWITCH
Penrith Panthers veteran James Tamou is reportedly set to finalise a switch to the Wests Tigers.
Tamou has been heavily-linked to the joint venture club in recent weeks and now it appears they have got their man with Channel 7’s Michelle Bishop reporting he is set to sign a two-year deal to join Michael Maguire’s team.
The 31-year-old is a huge get for a club that’s been struggling with professionalism and it’s image of late.
Tamou has 262 NRL games under his belt and counting, is a premiership winner and has represented both New South Wales and Australia.
Off the field, Tamou is a family man and fantastic role model for young players coming through.
It will come as a blow to new Dragons coach Anthony Griffin with Tamou identified as a target to bolster their forward pack for 2021.