Manly want Kieran Foran to play hooker. But if he signs a boom young gun will walk

Kieran Foran could be a shock option at hooker for the Manly Sea Eagles next season, but his mooted signing could cost the club one of its brightest stars.

Paul Kent revealed Manly coach Des Hasler is considering playing Foran at hooker, but Danny Weidler reported Foran’s acquisition will cause Josh Schuster to seek a release.

“Des wants to play him at hooker,” Kent said on NRL 360.

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Foran edging closer to Manly return

NRL: The 360 panel discuss the probability of a Kieran Foran reunion with the Manly Sea Eagles and the prospect of playing him as a hooker.

“Manase Fainu is not back until at least July next year, so they are going to play a good half of next season without an experienced dummyhalf.

“Kieran is not an experienced hooker, but he can pass and he is a great competitor and he’s a footballer.”

However Weidler reported that Manly’s boom young gun Schuster will walk if the club makes a play for Foran.

“Schuster’s agent Mario Tartak has told Manly that if Foran signs then Schuster wants a release,” Weidler said on Channel 9.

Schuster has played just one game, but is tipped to be a superstar of the future and the club’s long-term No.6.

However Paul Crawley believes Foran is the ideal man to bring the best out of skipper Daly Cherry-Evans, whose form has gone off a cliff in 2020.

“If Manly can get him for $300,000 that sort of figure that is value,” Crawley said.

“Manly have had so many injuries this season and that has had a big impact on their team.

“If you look how Api Koroisau has made such of a dramatic impact on Penrith and with Fainu out and Des had both of those last year.

“Daly Cherry-Evans is missing a really solid dummyhalf.”

Josh Schuster wants a clear path to the Manly No.6 jersey.Source:Getty Images

Veteran journalist Brent Read believes Foran will play No.6 if he reunites with the club he won a premiership for in 2011.

“Last weekend showed how much Manly need Foran because Daly Cherry-Evans was just one out,” Read said.

“He was doing everything on his own, but he didn’t have a lot of help. They had Lachlan Croker at No.6 and no disrespect to him, but he is not Kieran Foran.

“I think Foran will play No.6, Dylan Walker will go to the centres and Cade Cust will play hooker.

“I think as long as Kieran stays fit they will have a great season next year.”

Originally published asNRL prodigy will walk if star returns

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