Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook says Kieran Foran’s arrival next season from Manly will be invaluable for “not just the halves, but the whole team”.
The 31-year-old’s two-year deal was made official on Sunday, with the off-contract premiership winner set to join the Titans from 2023 on a deal reportedly worth close to $800,000.
It comes with the club on a five-game losing streak and sitting equal last with a 2-7 record after allowing captain and established halfback Jamal Fogarty an early exit from his contract to join Canberra this season.
Young playmaking duo AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton have struggled to form a partnership, not helped by injury to fellow young gun fullback Jayden Campbell.
Holbrook hopes Foran, who turns 32 later this year, will return some stability to a side that finished eighth last year and had expected to climb higher in 2022.
“Kieran brings a wealth of experience to our squad and this will be invaluable for not just the halves, but the whole team,” Holbrook said of the 246-gamer.
“He is a world-class player who has played in big matches and he will help bring along the young halves in our squad, as well as provide immediate impact on the field from next year.
“We know we have some great Gold Coast juniors coming through and Kieran will support that transition over the coming seasons.”
Retired champion halfback Cooper Cronk said the swoop was a no-brainer for the Gold Coast.
“I understand both sides, if I’m the Titans and he’s an experienced half I’m going after him,” Cronk told Fox Sports.
“They absolutely need someone like Kieran Foran … Kieran bleeds Manly, he is the Northern Beaches, he’s won a competition.
“He’s been a very good player going back there (after stints with Canterbury, the Warriors and Parramatta), he’s found that form that’s made him one of the stars.”