NRL star Kieran Foran will officially leave the Manly Sea Eagles and join the Parramatta Eels in 2016.
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Manly coach Geoff Toovey said the 2011 premiership-winner would be missed.
“Kieran is a fantastic player and a wonderful young man. He has played an integral role in the Club’s recent on-field successes and will do so for the remainder of this season,” Toovey said in a club statement.
‘Kieran has the utmost respect of everyone at the Club and we are proud to have seen him develop into the player that he is today.”
“While today’s news is disappointing, we respect his decision and will move on quickly to ensure that’s we’re focused for Friday night’s clash with the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval.”
Sea Eagles chief executive Joe Kelly said it was sad to see an “incredible talent” leave the club.
“Kieran has been an incredible talent for the Sea Eagles for many years and it’ll be sad for all of us to see him leave at the end of the season,” Mr Kelly said.
“I have great admiration for Kieran, not only as a footballer but most importantly as a person. He is a quality individual. I recognise that it has been an immensely difficult decision for Kieran.”
“The Club is now in a position of having the resources necessary to recruit some of the best talent in the marketplace, to ensure that the Sea Eagles remain a dominant team in the NRL.”
“We have an extremely bright future here at Manly. There is some prodigious young talent rising through our junior ranks, we have increased our resources in the football department, and we are investing in state of the art training facilities.”
Foran has played 129 matches for the Sea Eagles after making his debut against the Canberra Raiders in April 2009.
He will see out the rest of the season with Manly before joining the Eels for the 2016 season.