The darkest demons of a troubled footy star: injury-plagued Kieran Foran reveals how his yoga instructor wife saved his life fighting against addiction
- Canterbury Bulldogs playmaker Kieran Foran has opened up about his wife
- The New Zealand international said he would have a decent NRL if not for her
- The 29-year-old has had a horror run with injuries and struggled with addiction issues
Kieran Foran has spoken candidly about how his wife helped save his rugby league career.
The playmaker of Canterbury Bulldogs married mother of six Karina Ormsby in 2018, saying that if she weren’t for her support, he would have given up the sport.
Foran has had a tough time in the NRL after leaving the Manly Sea Eagles in late 2015.
The star half has suffered a number of serious injuries in recent seasons and is suffering from mental illness and addiction problems.
Foran, who is only 29 years old, said he would have retired years ago if he hadn’t met Karina.
Canterbury Bulldogs playmaker Kieran Foran is pictured with his wife Karina Ormsby
The New Zealand international married mother of six children, Karina Ormsby (pictured), in 2018, saying without her support he would have given up the NRL
“She’s had such an impact on me, not only as a footballer but also as a person,” Foran said Podcast from Marc Peard Sports.
“When she met me, she said she had never met anyone who talked and thought so badly about herself. She couldn’t believe the negative language that would come out of my mouth about the person I was.
“I had lost what it meant to be a good person and a good person… I had become clouded in my opinion and the biggest impact it has had on me is to reconnect with who I really am . “
After winning a premiership with Manly in 2011, Foran would join the Parramatta Eels in 2016 for a massive four-year deal worth $ 4.8 million.
But mid-season, Foran was rushed to the hospital after an overdose of prescription medications.
He was then on indefinite leave from the club as he struggled with “personal issues” related to gambling, a broken relationship and the birth of his second child.
In 2017, he threw a lifeline from the New Zealand warriors and then signed with the Bulldogs for the 2018 season.
That year, he married Karina, who is 11 years older, on Avoca Beach in Sydney.
Kieran Foran leaves the field with a shoulder injury during an International Rugby League Test Match between New Zealand and Great Britain at Eden Park on 2 November 2019 in Auckland
Since joining the Bulldogs, Foran’s horror run with injuries has continued.
“Dealing with the huge amount of injuries I have has put me to the test. Just the amount I’ve had and how many times I’ve had to repair injuries myself away from the guys, it’s just a very empty and lonely feeling as an athlete, ”he said.
“That constant shame of ‘oh he’s injured again’ and ‘he has a lot of money and he can’t even get the hell out on the field’, you live with that all the time.
“ If you really care about what you do and you care about making an impact and being able to perform on the field, an injury takes all that away and you don’t get the pleasure of running out there with your friends and doing your thing every weekend.
“Instead, you should be on the sidelines and feel sorry for yourself.”
Foran will miss Sunday’s game against Manly if he continues to heal his injured shoulder.
But he hopes it may only take a week or two before he is ready to hit the field, as the NRL restarts the 2020 season after the coronavirus lock.
Since joining the Bulldogs in 2018, Foran’s horror run with injuries has continued, but the playmaker is confident he can enter the field in a few weeks