PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs looks on during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Perth Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Canterbury coach Dean Pay is adamant the club has no plans to push five-eight Kieran Foran out as the club grapples with a difficult salary-cap situation.

Foran has played just 22 games since his arrival at Canterbury in 2018, with hamstring and ankle injuries hampering his progress at the club.

The 29-year-old last took the field for the Bulldogs 6 weeks ago and coach Pay understands that he will have to be patient with Foran’s recovery, but is intent on keeping him at the club.

“Well, he’s contracted here so that’s what where it stands,” Pay told Fox Sports on Thursday.

“Once he gets on the field and starts putting some games together, that’s what we’re looking forward to and we’re going to give him every opportunity to do that.

“He’s progressing okay. He’s just had a bit of an issue with a couple of his leg injuries,” Pay said.

“So at the moment he needs another week. He can’t take a trick at the moment. I really feel for him.

“It’s frustrating for him, it’s frustrating for us as well. We’d love to have him out on the field, but he needs to be 100 per cent before we put him out there.”

Foran has made just 48 appearances in the past five years and is contracted until the end of 2021 on a multi-million dollar deal.