Foran told the Herald he still had plenty to offer and the injury dramas made him stronger physically and mentally.
On paper, Newcastle, Manly and the Wests Tigers could all do with the premiership-winning playmaker.
Foran grew up with Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce and spends a lot of his time on the Central Coast, just an hour’s drive south of Newcastle.
A return home to the Sea Eagles would reunite him with Daly Cherry-Evans and coach Des Hasler, while also allowing Dylan Walker to revert to the centres.
Foran has also played under Tigers coach Michael Maguire in the New Zealand team and is familiar with Madge’s tough ways.
“I’ve only just turned 30 this year, I’ve worked hard to come back from what I’ve come back from, so I’d like to think I’ve still got a few good years left in me,” Foran said.
“I’ve had a few injuries the last few years, but it’s only made me more resilient each time.
“And I feel I’ve learned a lot about my body and my mind, what works and what doesn’t. I’m really hopeful I can enjoy another few good years yet.
“It would have been ideal to do that at Canterbury. My intentions were to always finish off my career at Canterbury, and I’ve built some great relationships at the club.
“It’s not to be, and now I’ve got to hope there’s an opportunity elsewhere.
“I’m not ready to finish yet. I’m nowhere near it. I want to enjoy the rewards of playing some good consistent footy.”
Negotiations with the Bulldogs went cold about a month ago. Foran has not had heard from in-coming coach Trent Barrett.
“But I’m not going to kick stones, they want to go in that direction with Blake Green, and I’ve been around long enough to understand clubs make decisions they want to make – they feel this is the right decision,” Foran said.
“For me I want to enjoy my next five weeks at the club. It’s been tough with injuries but I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’m grateful for the experience. I want to win some games and finish on a high note with the Dogs, and then another opportunity opens up.”
England is not an option for Foran given his young family is settled.
Canterbury have Green joining Brandon Wakeham while there remains hope Matt Burton will be able to follow Barrett across from Penrith. Panthers officials have already made it known Burton is happy at the club, is still contracted until the end of next year, and know too much pressure on an unproven playmaker can often end in disaster, such was the case with Ash Taylor in the early years at the Titans.
Bulldogs great Terry Lamb remains a huge fan of Foran and says there is no price you can place on his experience.
“I know he’s had a lot of injuries over the years, but you can’t beat experience out on the field, and Kieran has a lot of that,” Lamb said.
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Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.