Foran announces Warriors departure, Sydney return
New Zealand Warriors playmaker Kieran Foran will leave the NRL club at the end of the season to return to Sydney.
Foran, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Warriors in September, having been released by the Parramatta Eels to work through personal issues.
The New Zealand international announced on Tuesday that 2017 would be his one and only season at the Warriors, with Canterbury Bulldogs his reported next destination.
"It has been an incredibly tough decision to make but it has reached the point where I had to make a call and I've done that today," Foran said in a statement.
"I love it so much here at this club and I have so many people to thank for helping me to get my life and my football career back on track.
"I really wanted to find a way of staying and spending more time here because it's so good being around the boys and the people here. Every day I have a smile on my face when I come to training.
"But, in the end, it came down to my kids and what's best for them. I need to be back in Sydney to be closer to them.
"Before I do there's plenty to do here. I want to finish here as well as I possibly can. We can do something this year and I want to play my part in that."
Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said they tried to retain the star five-eighth.
"Of course, we would have liked Kieran to stay longer and we looked at ways of making that possible," he said.
"I know how much he likes it here and how much he wanted to extend his time but his kids' welfare is paramount. We support him in what he has decided to do and wish him all the best.
"For us, it has been great to see how far he has come getting his life back in order and now being in a position to be able to help the team on the field. He wants to finish the season strongly."