Monday 19 March 2018 / 12:20 AM


Troubled NRL superstar Kieran Foran has spoken publicly for the first time since arriving in Auckland to join the Warriors late last year – albeit in the controlled environment of the club’s 2017 season launch.

Foran was interviewed on stage at the launch, and spoke glowingly of the positive impact moving to his homeland and linking with the Warriors has had on him.

The brilliant Kiwi Test half endured a hellish 2016 on and off the field, which ultimately saw his big-money stint with Parramatta cut short after less than a season. Meanwhile, the NRL have prevented Foran from returning to the playing arena until the Warriors’ Round 3 clash with Canterbury in Dunedin.

But the 26-year-old seems content just to have his immediate future confirmed in his new environment.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air, really, I needed it,” Foran said.

“It’s great to get out of Sydney and get home around extended family and just get back to my roots and be around big love and just start afresh at a new club.

“It’s been brilliant. The boys have made me feel welcome from the get-go and I just think all Kiwis are like that.

“It’s just one big family and it’s no different at the Warriors. I’ve really enjoyed my time so far.”

While the Warriors would dearly love to have Foran available for next weekend’s season opener against Newcastle, the delayed start to the campaign may be a blessing in disguise with the No.6 coming back from shoulder surgery.

“I’ll just keep working on my body, getting as fit and strong as possible so that I’m ready when I take the field,” he said.

“I’m excited about watching the boys play the first couple of rounds.”

Teenage livewire Ata Hingano appears certain to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves for the first fortnight of the premiership after solid showings in the Warriors’ trial matches against Melbourne and Gold Coast.

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