NRL: Parramatta captain Kieran Foran has been served a breach notice for not showing up to mandatory rehab sessions for his injured shoulder
PARRAMATTA star Kieran Foran has been sensationally stripped of the Eels captaincy for failing to complete his injury rehabilitation.
Foran was also fined $5000 and placed on an alcohol ban.
The former Manly star has been issued with a club breach notice and told to “shape up”.
The Daily Telegraph understands Parramatta management is tiring of Foran’s inability to complete his rehabilitation for a shoulder injury and he missed a session on Monday.
Eels coach Brad Arthur has expressed his frustrations to Foran. Club officials are also fed-up with outside influences attempting to pilot Foran’s rehab program for mental health and welfare issues.
Eels staff became irate when Foran, in Brisbane during rehab last month, was spotted in a bar with colourful Sydney punter Eddie Hayson. Foran was drinking water and watching football.
The Daily Telegraph sent Foran a text message asking for a response but he did not reply.
The Eels said in a statement Foran was being relieved of his captaincy duties for the rest of the season “so he can focus on his recovery from a shoulder injury’’.
Arthur told The Daily Telegraph: “All discipline is kept in house. Sorry.”
Parramatta claim to have the best welfare team in the NRL.
The catch-up with Hayson in Brisbane was tolerated but missing Monday’s rehab forced the Eels’ hand and they decided to take a hard-line stance with their $1 million recruit.
The Eels have staunchly supported Foran and will continue to support him, but in return they want him to show discipline and professionalism.
Foran has been told to give up the booze, while the breach notice totalled a $5000 fine. There is no suggestion Foran will be cut by the club. Foran attended a club golf day on Tuesday.
Foran’s punishment has to be handled delicately because he is still struggling with off-field issues.
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Parramatta acted quickly and decisively in admitting Foran into a Brisbane rehab facility. But the club remains disappointed at how his image has been “stage managed” by those close to him.
Arthur is understood to be particularly unhappy with the club being told how to manage Foran when Parramatta have a respected welfare team which questioned why Foran went to the bar without consent from the Eels.
Foran was told he is the club’s $1 million asset, and to start behaving like one. Parramatta are understood to have had discussions with Foran’s manager George Mimis before issuing the breach notice.
Foran can appeal but that is considered unlikely.
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