KEY MAN: Kieran Foran.
KEY MAN: Kieran Foran. Patrick Woods

Praise for Foran after his first game for Bulldogs

RUGBY LEAGUE: Bulldogs coach Dean Pay has lauded the performance of much-hyped off-season signing Kieran Foran, following his first outing for the club.

The 27-year-old played the first half of the team's 16-12 victory over the Raiders in a trial at the Sunshine Coast, directing play with authority.

"I thought he was really good," Pay said.

"He had some really good touches and he looks fit and strong again, which is like the old Kieran that he was at Manly.

"He's done a really good job of working on himself to getting himself to back to where he is."

Foran is at his fourth club in four years but on Saturday he appeared immediately at home in the blue and white.

He guided them to a 12-0 half-time lead with a string of accurate passes and short kicks. He also barked plenty of orders.

"He's a quality player and that's what we want him to do," Pay said.

"He needs to sort of take the leadership and the reins of the team so it's really good for us."

Pay, in his first game as coach of the Bulldogs, is eager to turn things around at the club which missed out on finals last year.

"We want our fans to be excited about our footy team," he said.

New captain Josh Jackson was a force while David Klemmer proved a menace.

Moses Mbye was solid in his first outing as Bulldogs fullback.

"He was good. It's only his first game (there) so he's only going to get better," Pay said.


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