Kieran Foran back in his Eels days in 2016. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
Kieran Foran back in his Eels days in 2016. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Can Foran haunt the Eels one more time?

Watch out Parramatta - a rejuvenated Kieran Foran has recaptured his finest form, which spells trouble for his former club on Thursday night according to Eels legend Mick Cronin.

The four-time premiership-winning Parramatta Hall of Famer has been keeping a close eye on Foran at Canterbury in recent weeks.

Cronin was impressed with the New Zealand international's performance against South Sydney last weekend.

Foran led the Bulldogs to a shock win thanks to two try assists for back-rower Corey Harawira-Naera.

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Cronin has urged Parramatta to be wary of their former teammate when the two sides clash.

"Because when Kieran is on he is one of the best halves in the competition," Cronin told The Daily Telegraph.

"He plays very direct and he makes you work when he is playing well.

"Unfortunately he is one of those poor blokes that have had their career interrupted through injury.

Kieran Foran returned to form last week. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.
Kieran Foran returned to form last week. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.

"I was watching him play against South Sydney and he was very good.

"He can play at the line but he can also play quick at the line, which is really hard to defend.

"I wish him all the best but I probably don't wish him too much luck against the Eels on Thursday."

Foran is also motivated to secure his long-term future with strong performances for Canterbury in the coming weeks.

He is contracted until the end of the 2020 season but he is a free agent from November 1 this year.

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Speculation has been rife that the Bulldogs are keen to unload Foran due to his price tag and horror run with injuries.

But this could change if he maintains his standout form, opening the door for Canterbury or another NRL club to extend his successful yet troubled career.

Cronin hopes the premiership-winning Manly playmaker doesn't continue his form against his beloved Parramatta side.

The Eels have surged to sixth position the ladder following four straight wins.

Cronin believes Parramatta have what it takes to shock in September.

"They've had some rocky moments this season but they've been reasonably consistent," he said.

"If they stay injury-free, they are getting to the stage of the year where anything could happen."