St George Illawarra Dragons

Widdop welcomes quality time with Benji at Dragons

Mitch Jennings   It's all anyone wants to talk about but star playmaker Gareth Widdop says the focus on his partnership with Benji Marshall is warranted as they look to steer the Dragons to their first finals appearance in four years.

Speedier Marshall sheds a few kilos

Reaping rewards: Benji Marshall during a team golf day in Kogarah in November.

Michael Carayannis   Benji Marshall says he is feeling quicker than ever having shed four kilograms to be at his lightest playing weight since 2008 while revealing his high pressured mid-season to a struggling Dragons side was the toughes period of his career.

Dragons prop bypasses WCC for birth of first child

Family matters: St George Illawarra forward Mike Cooper.

Mitch Jennings   Dragons prop Mike Cooper says being present for the birth of his first child trumps any game of rugby league - even one against former club Warrington.

Dugan set to play No.1 for Dragons

Back to the back: Dragons star Josh Dugan will return to the No.1 jersey this season.

Michael Carayannis   Josh Dugan's stint at centre appears to be over with St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor set to switch Dugan back to fullback.

Warriors enter race for Merrin's signature

Trent Merrin

Michael Chammas   The New Zealand Warriors have entered the race for the signature of St George Illawarra forward Trent Merrin.

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Dragons want Packer to follow Ferguson's path back to NRL

Russell Packer

Michael Carayannis   St George Illawarra will try to emulate the path the Sydney Roosters took with Blake Ferguson in a bid to fast-track Russell Packer's NRL return.

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Dugan set to switch as McGregor revamps Dragons' attack

Josh Dugan

Michael Carayannis   Paul McGregor is considering switching Josh Dugan between centre and fullback during matches while the St George Illawarra coach has also removed the shackles on halves Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop in a bid to spark the Dragons attack.

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Dragons open to privatisation to keep up with big clubs

Brad Walter dinkus Dinkus

Brad Walter   St George Illawarra officials believe the policy of taking marquee games to big stadiums will help ensure the joint venture is profitable by 2017. But they have confirmed publicly for the first time they are prepared to consider selling a stake in one of the NRL's most famous clubs.

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Creagh backs Dragons forwards critics

Ben Creagh.

Michael Carayannis   St George Illawarra captain Ben Creagh believes the criticism directed at the club's forward pack last season was "warranted".

Hornby and Young help restore Dragons' pride

Passion: Ben Hornby and Dean Young have taken on bigger coaching roles at the Dragons.

Michael Carayannis   St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has turned to two of the Dragons' fiercest competitors to help restore pride and passion to the club.

Dragons still optimistic of re-signing Merrin

Keen to stay: Dragons forward Trent Merrin.

Brad Walter   St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor remains optomistic of re-signing Trent Merrin, despite the club not being prepared to increase its offer to the NSW Origin forward.

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Tough love spurs Marshall to put second-best behind him

Back in front: Dragons star Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter   A rejuvenated Benji Marshall has been leading the way at pre-season training with the Dragons and believes he can get back to his brilliant best next year.

Beware of Dragons: Marshall

"If we can achieve what we did at the back end of last year and get better at that we will be in for a big year.": Benji Marshall is confident.

Laine Clark   He may be the "jokester", but former Kiwis star is deadly serious when he says St George are in for a big one next season.

Ex-Dragons junior Blaine Rozs killed in tractor accident

Former St George Illawarra Dragons player Blaine Rozs.

Josh Butler   A former St George Illawarra Dragons player was crushed to death in a tractor accident at Jaspers Brush on Monday morning.

Marshall backs Packer comeback

Ready to fire: Dragons halfback Benji Marshall.

Brad Walter   Benji Marshall has backed his jailed former Kiwis team-mate Russell Packer to return to the NRL next season.

Dragons sign former Maroons centre Nielsen

Dane Nielsen.

Adrian Proszenko   St George Illawarra have signed former Queensland Origin centre Dane Nielsen on a two-year deal as coach Paul McGregor continues to reshape his roster.

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Morris vows to never turn back on Dragons

New Bulldog Brett Morris says he regrets not having a chance to say goodbye to St George Illawarra fans.

Michael Carayannis   Brett Morris says he will never turn his back on the Dragons but still holds some disappointed with how his switch to Canterbury came about.

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Dugan completes another chapter

Focused: Josh Dugan has plans to join university.

Michael Chammas   Josh Dugan's redemption story has been told many times since getting his life back on track at the Dragons, but another chapter was added during the week when he completed the course he was forced to undertake as part of his rehabilitation.

Dragons struggle to keep Merrin

In demand: Trent Merrin has been linked to several other NRL clubs.

Michael Chammas   Trent Merrin's manager will meet with St George Illawarra officials next week to discuss extending the Origin forward's contract, however it's likely Merrin will test the market for 2016 and beyond.

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Neck surgery sidelines Dragons coach

Paul McGregor

Adrian Proszenko   St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has undergone a neck operation which will prevent him from being too hands on during the early stages of preseason.