Canterbury Bulldogs star Kieran Foran sees Jack Cogger as an asset rather than a threat


“Lachie just needs to keep doing what Lachie has been doing.

“He’s a super-talented kid, he’s got ability in spades and backs himself. He’s not afraid to try anything on the footy field, and if it doesn’t come off, he’ll go straight back down and try it again and keep doing it until it comes off – he has a real halfback’s mentality to keep trying until he gets it.

The first thing that struck me about Jack is he’s fair dinkum about his footy and is someone who prides himself on every little detail

Kieran Foran on Jack Cogger

“I’ll just be a sounding board for both of them. They’re young, mentally I’ll try to give them little tips on what they can focus on and what might work for them.”

Cogger and Lewis have played 32 NRL games between them while Foran has racked up 188 games, a premiership in 2011 as well as playing over 20 Tests for New Zealand.

Yet should the young halves shine over the next three months, Foran knows it will not be a case of him strolling straight back in – and he welcomed that challenge.

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“They’ve kept me on my toes since both of them come through the door,” Foran said. “Lachie finished the season strongly last year, then ‘Cogs’ arrived at the club and worked his backside off and put himself in contention. They made me work harder. I’ve been around long enough and humble enough to know nothing comes easy in this game, or in life, and if you want it you have to work hard for it.

“I don’t see it as a threat. It’s about getting the best out of myself, and if they keep pushing me, it’s only a positive.”

Cogger said of his club debut this week: “I obviously would have liked to make my way into the team through form, rather than misfortune, but at the same time I have to take that opportunity now and put my best foot forward for the team.

The former Knight spent the first seven years of his life in Greenacre and played for Berala before the family moved to the Central Coast.

He had to fast-track his learning about game management last year when thrust into the Newcastle team without Mitchell Pearce, and continues to fine-tune that area of his game under Foran and coach Dean Pay.

Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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