Foran delights in NZ return

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Kiwis international Kieran Foran has described his move to the New Zealand Warriors as a "breath of fresh air" and says he is happy to have left Sydney.

Foran has returned to his home country following a troubled 2016 in which he battled personal issues and was released by the Parramatta Eels.

Having spent his entire NRL career to date in Australia, playing for Manly Sea Eagles prior to his stint with the Eels, the 26-year-old is relishing being back in New Zealand.

Speaking at the Warriors' season launch in Auckland, Foran, whose contract was registered by the NRL last week, said: "It's been great being over here since October, doing the rehab work on my shoulder and just being around the boys.

"It's been a breath of fresh air really, I needed it. 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.

"The boys have made me feel welcome from the get-go. I just think all Kiwis are like that, it's just one big family and it's no different at the Warriors.

"The moment I walked through the place, I knew a few of the boys from the Kiwi side, but I got to know everyone really quick and I've really enjoyed my time so far."