Liam Foran

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Liam Foran
Liam Foran.jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 31)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
PositionHalfback, Five-eighth, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008 Melbourne Storm 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Manly Sea Eagles 7 0 0 0 0
2013 Salford City Reds 15 1 0 1 4
2014 London Broncos 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 1 0 1 4
As of May 2015

Liam Foran (born 25 April 1988 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Cessnock Goannas in the Newcastle Rugby League Competition in Newcastle, Australia. He plays as a half-back or five-eighth. He is the brother of NRL player Kieran Foran.The highlight of his career was his man of the match effort in the Aberdeen Tigers 2017 premiership.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Foran played his junior football at the Ellerslie Eagles Rugby League Football Club in the Auckland Rugby League competition. Foran went to Ellerslie Primary School before moving over to Sydney. He moved to St Ives on the North Shore of Sydney, where he attended St Ives North Public School with fellow future National Rugby League player Mitchell Pearce. In 2001 he began high school at Marist College North Shore. He also represented the North Sydney Bears junior sides before signing with Melbourne in 2007. While attending Marist College North Shore, Foran played for the school competition representative squad, MCC (Metropolitan Catholic Colleges), leading him to NSW CCC (New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges) and eventually 2006 Australian Schoolboys which toured England and France.[3][4] During the tour he surprised some by stating his desire to replace Stacey Jones as New Zealand's long-term halfback.[5] One year later, he made the 2007 Junior Kiwis squad and played a key part in the team defeating the Junior Kangaroos.[3]

Melbourne[edit]

In 2008 Foran joined the Storm's Toyota Cup side, and also played three first grade games for the Storm during the State of Origin period.[6]

Foran playing for the Vulcans

Auckland[edit]

Foran signed for the New Zealand Warriors for the 2009 season, with an option for the 2010 season.[7][8] However he was released by the club in June, without playing a senior game.[9] Instead he played the first half of the season with the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup. Foran represented the NSW Residents in 2009 against the Queensland Residents due to good form while with the Auckland Vulcans.

Sydney[edit]

Roosters[edit]

After leaving the Warriors, Foran joined the Newtown Jets. He then signed for the Jets' parent club, the Sydney Roosters, for the 2010 season.[citation needed]

Sea Eagles[edit]

Foran signed with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles for the 2011 season, joining his brother Kieran.[citation needed] Liam made his first grade début during the 2012 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season on 9 April, replacing his younger brother in the side at five-eighth after Kieran was ruled out with a hamstring injury and made a solid contribution in helping Manly end a three-game losing streak with a 30-0 win over Penrith at Brookvale Oval.[10] This was his first first grade game since 2008, when he played on three occasions for the Melbourne Storm during the State of Origin Series. During that gap, he played for the Toyota Cup or NSW Cup squads for all the clubs he signed, the Melbourne Storm's Under 20's side nicknamed "The Thunderbolts", the New Zealand Warriors' reserve-grade side the Auckland Vulcans, the Sydney Roosters' reserve-grade side the Newtown Jets and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NSW Cup side of the same name.

London Broncos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ NRL Stats
  3. ^ a b "Warriors bolster ranks". Television New Zealand. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  4. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  5. ^ We raise 'em, but boy stars may end up in Kiwi black The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2006
  6. ^ Melbourne's faceless men Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2008
  7. ^ "2009 NRL Player Movements". NRL Live. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2008.
  8. ^ Jessup, Peter (29 August 2008). "League: Foran brings halfback spark to these shores". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  9. ^ Donaldson, Michael (14 June 2009). "Sir 'Lance-lot' the Warriors' saviour". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  10. ^ Foran senior fills the breach Archived 17 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine