The Warriors have made no secret of the fact they are pursuing the services of rugby league star Kieran Foran.

The troubled Kiwi has had a tumultuous year both in and out of the NRL battling with personal problems, and has subsequently taken a hiatus from the game.

But speaking to Mike Hosking this morning on Newstalk ZB, Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle said in an ideal situation, 'the good Kieran Foran' would be joining them in 2017.

"He got himself into a little bit of a dark place," Doyle said. "But he's working through that now and we would expect if he did come to the club, that he'd get himself in a good position where he is well and you get the good Kieran Foran."


This coming after question marks were raised over whether or not Foran is ready to come back to the game given his instability.

Jim Doyle talks to Mike Hosking

Indeed, questions are being asked of why the Warriors are even pursuing the star considering his troubled 2016 season.

However, Doyle thinks there's more to Foran than what's happened off the field.

"He'll add significance to the team," Doyle said. "He'll work really well with Shaun [Johnson], he's a leader, he plays with a massive amount of passion and brings everyone along with him."

If the Warriors are to sign Kieran Foran, it would add to a string of changes made at the club since the side failed to make the top eight in the 2016 season.

Andrew McFadden was stood down as head coach this morning with Kiwis coach and World Cup winner Stephen Kearney announced as his replacement.

The Warriors have also established a football advisory board made up of various former players and ex-All Black coach Graham Henry.