Stanley Makes A Timely Return For Dragons

St George Illawarra Dragons utility Kyle Stanley has had another injury disrupted season, as thigh and hamstring complaints have restricted the 23-year-old to just six NRL games in 2014.

In fact injuries have restricted his NRL progress and he has managed just 42 games since making his debut against the Canberra Raiders in 2010. Coincidentally it was against the Raiders last weekend that Stanley made his return to the NRL after a number of weeks in reserve grade.

The Hurstville United junior has spent a large chunk of 2014 plying his trade for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup, in front of a couple of hundred die-hard supporters each week, but could play a vital role off the bench as the Dragons chase a finals spot.

Stanley is a big, strong and agile player, and has the ability to play anywhere in the back line, in the halves, at lock, second row or at hooker, making him the perfect option from the bench to make an impact or to cover for any injury.

Where head coach Paul McGregor uses Stanley remains to be seen, with regular hooker Mitch Rein capable of playing the full 80 minutes, although he does not possess the kicking and passing skills of Stanley.

With the Dragons needing to win all three of their remaining matches to even have a chance of playing finals football for the first time since 2011, a young prodigy that is yet to realise his enormous potential could be just what the Dragons need to stand out from the crowd.

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