Kieran Foran has been billed as potentially the most important signing in the Parramatta Eels’ 70-season history, and the New Zealand Test five-eighth’s role as club saviour has been ratcheted up another notch with his impending naming as captain for 2016.
Foran is set to replace Tim Mannah, who has been the Eels’ skipper since Nathan Hindmarsh retired at the end of 2012. The front-row stalwart – the blue-and-golds’ longest-serving player – will reportedly retain the club captain duties.
Ex-Manly superstar Foran has not captained previous at NRL level, but he has led the Kiwis in a Test match in the absence of Simon Mannering.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 16, 2016
The 25-year-old follows in the footsteps of Parramatta’s revered skippers of years gone by, including Vic Hey, Ron Lynch, Ray Higgs, Steve Edge, Ray Price, Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny, Dean Pay, Nathan Cayless, Hindmarsh and Mannah.
Foran has played 147 first-grade games and 20 Tests since debuting for Manly and New Zealand since debuting for both as a teenager in 2009.