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Dragons Sign Local Junior

Th St George Illawarra Dragons have today signed Hurstville United junior Rory O’Brien to a two and a half year deal, until the end of 2016.

The 25-year-old prop was part of the Dragons’ 2008 National Youth Competition team and has been playing with the Illawarra Cutters in the New South Wales Cup.

O’Brien was last year named NSW Country Player of the Year and was selected in the Country Firsts team that toured South Africa the same year.

“I am very happy to have agreed to terms to re-join the Dragons for the next couple of seasons and am very thankful to the Club and my Manager Liam Pride of Insight Sports Management for giving me this opportunity,” said O’Brien.

“I am a local junior and always hoped to be able to play NRL for the Dragons one day and I am really determined to make the most of this opportunity to train full-time and give myself every chance to one day earn a place in the first-grade team.”

Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor indicated that O’Brien had earned the Dragons contract and is looking forward to having him as part of the Dragons full-time squad.

“Rory is a local junior who previously played within the Club’s junior grade in his younger days and has since remained playing rugby league within the lllawarra League with Collegians,” said McGregor.

“This season he earned a spot with the Illawarra Cutters where he has been a strong performer and the full-time training will enable him to further develop as a player.

“He has a good skillset which will add to the overall playing group at the Dragons and he will be a welcomed addition to our squad.”

O’Brien will commence training with the first-grade squad on Monday, June 30.

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