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Warriors sign halfback Foran from Storm

24/08/2008 03:46:07 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Storm's promising New Zealand-born halfback Liam Foran has signed with the Warriors.

Foran, 20, who has made three NRL appearances for Storm this year, links up with the Warriors on a one-year contract for 2009 with an option for 2010.

Auckland-born Foran, whose younger brother Kieran, 18, is in Manly's National Youth Competition (NYC) side, has been a regular in the Storm's NYC line-up this season.

An age-group New South Wales representative on several occasions, he was in the Australian Schoolboys team for their 2006 tour of England and France but last October he was at standoff for the Junior Kiwis when they beat the Junior Kangaroos in a one-off international in Wellington.

The Warriors also announced that Auckland Vulcans halfback Aaron Heremaia will join the NRL squad on an off-season contract on a trial basis.

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said the club was determined to build depth in the halves.

"We looked at experienced players that might be available but there are few around and certainly no one who suited our needs.

"In Liam we have a promising half, and a New Zealander as well, who will come back home to build up our options and compete for an NRL spot.

"We also have Isaac John from our successful Junior Warriors side. Like Liam, he'll be ineligible for the NYC next year and he'll also be pushing for an NRL job."

Heremaia, who has previously played for North Sydney in the NSW premier league and also had a stint in England, can play either standoff or halfback like Foran. Both are also capable goal-kickers.

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