Eels putting no time frame on Foran return


Parramatta Eels are not putting a time frame on when captain Kieran Foran will return after he was granted indefinite leave in order to deal with personal issues.

The inspirational half-back was given time off for medical treatment, with the Eels calling for the New Zealand international to be given privacy during a difficult time.

Eels chief executive John Boulous told the media on Friday that Foran is under no pressure to return to NRL action.

Boulous said: "Kieran will take this time to get the help and support he needs. He's got lots of good people around him. The club and the NRL are very support of this,

"If he needs any help we've got a wonderful team of welfare officers and career people here that can really help Kieran and he knows that offer's there.

"I think most of his team-mates were aware he may have been struggling with some issues. They're very close-knit and as a group of people...they're thinking about Kieran at this time and they're very supportive of the club's decision to allow him the time. 

"We need to give him the time he needs, he needs to take the time personally and to do that it's in all our interests to give him that time and privacy and respect."

Boulous added: "It's a very private issue for Kieran, but certainly from our perspective it's about putting his well-being first.

"We exist for many reasons as a football club and importantly one of them is to look after our own and look after our people and that's something we intend to do and continue to do.

"He's going to get some time away from the game to get himself better.

"I can't put any time frame on this. This is a decision for Kieran. He needs to feel as though he is right to go and we'll give him as much time as he needs.

"We've put no end date on that and as a club we need to give him as much time as possible for him to get right because he's made a wonderful contribution to our club, he's a wonderful person and in a very short period of time he's made a big contribution.

"He's important to our club and when he gets right he'll come back."