Manly legend Steve Menzies backs Kieran Foran to revive his career at the Sea Eagles

Manly legend Steve Menzies expects Kieran Foran to revive his enigmatic career under the coaching of Des Hasler at the Sea Eagles next season.

It comes as Foran has impressed at pre-season training in his return to Brookvale, where he won a premiership in 2011.

The former New Zealand Test playmaker is in line to join forces with his title-winning halves partner Daly Cherry-Evans.

Menzies has no doubts that Foran can overcome his recent run of injuries to reignite his form and Manly’s premiership aspirations.

“I do think Foz (has plenty left) – as you get older you get wiser,” said Menzies, who played 349 games for Manly and the Northern Eagles.

“I have no doubt that if he can stay on the field, he will have a lot to offer.

“I’ve just got a sense that Foz feels at home at Manly, and he feels comfortable, and I feel that will bring less injuries.

“Foz just looks good in those Manly colours.

“It just sparks people’s memories of the good times he had at the Sea Eagles – it is exciting to see.”

Kieran Foran is ready to star for Manly in his return to the club next season. Picture: Manly Sea EaglesSource:Supplied

As potent as Foran is at his best, Menzies believes he will be equally valuable off the field for the Sea Eagles.

“It is not just what Foz can do on the field, it is also what he can do with his experience and leadership,” he said.

“With such a young side that is a really key thing because I think Manly really need a little bit of experience to flatten out the ups and downs of their season.

“Des will need Foz for the 80 minutes, but as important is him breeding the culture and what it is about coming through the ranks as a Manly player.”

Menzies says it won’t take Foran long to find his feet again at the Sea Eagles given he has already played 147 games for the club between 2009 and 2015, including a title in ’11.

“Once you have played with someone, it makes it easier to return and it doesn’t take long to get your awareness and confidence,” he said.

“He has done it at the highest level, and that is where you play some of your best football, so I wouldn’t think it would be too hard to find his groove.”

Menzies knows Foran will also benefit from Hasler’s coaching.

“But Des is perfect for everyone,” he said.

“He understands the players, he gets the best out of them and he is there to make it work.

“He is intense and a bit mad, but he uses all these things to create a bond and an atmosphere that breeds a culture that you can build a winning team around.”

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