The NRL has today announced that the contract of New Zealand Warriors five-eight Kieran Foran has been registered for the 2017 season.
The 26-year-old will miss the Warriors’ back-to-back season-opening games at Mount Smart Stadium against Newcastle and Melbourne, but would be able to play in the club’s Round Three match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday, March 17 (8.00pm).
The KIWI International and premiership winner will not be permitted to play until Round Three and his return is subject to a further psychological assessment.
"I have always said that my priority is ensuring Kieran's wellbeing – and his football career is secondary," Todd Greenberg told NRL.com
"The expert advice we recently received indicates that Kieran’s recovery has reached the point where he is physically and mentally fit to return to Rugby League.
"Consequently, we have today registered his contract to play with the Warriors in 2017.
"However, we want to be doubly sure that Kieran is in the right state of mind and have therefore decided to defer his return to the NRL until Round Three so a further psychological assessment can be made."