Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs passes the ball.
Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs passes the ball.

Dog days over? Foran debut a beacon of hope

IT'S his fourth club in as many seasons but Kieran Foran looks at home in the kennel.

Canterbury's marquee signing dismissed any questions over his fitness with an assertive performance against Melbourne.

Having battled lower back and hamstring issues for the best part of 12 months, the halfback appears to have finally overcome the injuries.

With the assistance of sprint coach Matt Shirvington, you would've never guessed Foran's pre-season was delayed due to off-season surgeries.

Clearly struggling at the Warriors last season, Foran looked like a new man.

"The body is feeling good," Foran said.

"It's been a good pre-season, I've worked really hard in the gym and strengthened the areas up that I've needed to. Hopefully I can have an injury free year."

Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs looks up to the replay screen.
Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs looks up to the replay screen.

The 27-year-old happily challenged the line, taking the hits in his stride.

While the Bulldogs were on the wrong side of a 36-18 score line, there was plenty to like about the performance.

"I had my concerns about Kieran Foran and whether he was going to stand up for the Dogs," FOX League commentator Greg Alexander said.

"If today is any indication of what's ahead of them with their new number seven, it looks good."

With a new coach, captain and spine, the Bulldogs have undergone a transformation.

The changes were there for all to see.

Under Pay, the Bulldogs played a far more expansive brand of football.

While there was no change bigger than the coach, the switch of Moses Mbye from halfback to fullback was as significant as it gets.

While the No.1 on his back is foreign to him, Mbye hit the ground running in his new role.

Keiran Foran and Moses Mbye add bite to the Bulldogs attack.
Keiran Foran and Moses Mbye add bite to the Bulldogs attack.

It was off the back of a Mbye break which led to the Bulldogs' first try.

With momentum on their side following the stunning Mbye run, Foran took the ball to the line, delivering a brilliant short ball for a charging Raymond Faitala-Mariner to crash over.

"We created plenty of opportunities," Foran said.

 

"We split them on the fringes quite a few times although we didn't quit land that last pass, that's the positive we can take out of it."

He later set up his halves partner Matt Frawley for a try.

While Frawley crossed the stripe and finished off a Foran and Mbye backline play to put Brett Morris over for a try, the five-eighth had a mixed night.

A kick out on the full and dropped ball from the No.6 completed a mixed night for Frawley but leaves the Bulldogs plenty of optimism.


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