The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced the signing of four members from the 2016 NRL State Championship and NSW Cup Premiership-winning Illawarra Cutters squad.
Cutters quartet Levi Dodd, Jacob Hind, Chris Lewis and Shaun Nona have all respectively agreed to one-year contracts that will see each join the Club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Dodd is a local Hurstville United junior who can play in the centres or on the wing and was the recipient of the Cutters Coaches Award at the recently held Presentation Awards Night.
Nona can play as either five-eighth or halfback and was named in the NSW Cup Residents representative fixture earlier this season.
Additionally, Hind is a prop-forward who has been in the Cutters system for the past three seasons whilst Lewis can play in the second-row and is a former graduate of the Dragons National Youth Competition team squad.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of these four members of the highly successful Illawarra Cutters squad who had an exceptional season in 2016,” said Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward.
“The Cutters is an integral part of our overall development system, players are aware there is a pathway to NRL and Levi, Chris, Shaun and Jacob have all been rewarded for their hard work and performances in 2016.
“They all have a great attitude and work ethic and we believe that they will really benefit from the opportunity to train full-time and will add to the competition for spots amongst our squad in 2017.”
All four players will commence training with the Dragons pre-season train-on squad in November.