The Canterbury Bulldogs have a fight on their hands to keep Kieran Foran after the playmaker rejected a cut price new contract to remain at Belmpre.
Foran, 30, is in the final year of a $3.6 million deal with the Dogs but has managed a meagre 35 appearances since 2018 due a horror run of injuries.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Bulldogs made an initial offer of a one-year deal worth less than $400,000, a massive drop of more than $800,000 for the season.
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Foran’s management have reportedly asked the club to revise their offer.
They also appear to face competition to sign the Kiwi international for 2021 with two rival clubs linked to his services.
The Telegraph reports the Bulldogs are aware of interest from the Newcastle Knights and the Wests Tigers with the former the favourite to land Foran should he knock back any revised deal
“The first conversations are always a little more challenging,” Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill told the Telegraph.
“And no doubt we are aware that some clubs will be looking at Kieran after those first conversations. We will continue to talk to Kieran and his agent in the coming weeks.”
While the Knights are understood to be under salary cap pressure for next season, the lure of a two-year deal could be enough to partner Foran in the halves with Mitchell Pearce.
The Bulldogs will consult with incoming head coach Trent Barrett before deciding whether to offer Foran a revised deal.