“The reality is the whole world is suffering from this coronavirus and people around the world have lost jobs, lost their businesses and pay packets; we’re no different,” Foran said.
“It’s a great game we get to play and it’s a great honour. The game’s financial situation is not ideal.
“Yes, it will be difficult this year [with less money]. It means you have to adjust the way you live and your lifestyle choices. But if it means we’ve got a game next year, that’s what we need to do.”
Foran is off contract for next year and had hoped to sort his own future by August before the competition was shut down. Now he knows he could be waiting right up until November to learn if he will remain at Belmore in 2021 or be forced to play elsewhere.
The only way he can secure a contract is to prove he can remain on the park for a prolonged period.
One positive for Foran is he will have fully recovered his shoulder injury – suffered in his New Zealand return in November – for Canterbury’s next match, which will double as the five-eighth’s 200th career game.
The Bulldogs lost their opening two games of 2020 with coach Dean Pay hinting a change was imminent in the halves, four days before the competition was suspended. Foran brings class and is guaranteed to spark the Dogs’ attack, something the club missed during the first two rounds.
“I’ll be right for whenever we return,” Foran said. “Put it this way, if I had to play next week in a grand final, I could play.
“The rehab is going really well. I’m basically doing all my rehab programs at home, but I’m still allowed access to [Dogs medico] Tony [Ayoub] and can go into the club for treatment.
“I’m actually used to training on my own and having to spend time in rehab.
“For me it’s about trusting the process. I believe we have a great game and the game will get back up and running this year.
“Then it will be up to me to put my best foot forward and play the best footy for the boys and the club, and hopefully if I do that I can earn myself another contract beyond this year.”
Canterbury have two spots to fill on their roster after Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera were deregistered for their part in the Port Macquarie sex scandal. The Dogs cannot negotiate with any players, but know they will need to fill those vacancies, most likely with development players, should the competition resume.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.