With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.

Today, we take a look at the St George Illawarra Dragons – and what their best 17 looks like.

St George Illawarra Dragons 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Mitchell Allgood (Wakefield Trinity, 2019), Jackson Ford (2020), James Graham (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2020), Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos, 2023), Jeremy Latimore (Cronulla Sharks, 2019), Joe Lovodua (2019), Darren Nicholls (Penrith Panthers, 2019)
2018 Losses
Josh Dugan (Cronulla Sharks), Siliva Havili (Canberra Raiders), Drew Hutchison (Leigh Centurions), Chris Lewis (released), Mose Masoe (Hull Kingston Rovers), Will Matthews (Gold Coast Titans), Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils), Josh McCrone (Toronto Wolfpack), Taane Milne (Wests Tigers), Shaun Nona (Brisbane Broncos), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Joel Thompson (Manly Sea Eagles)
Euan Aitken (2020), Jack de Belin (2020), Jacob Host (2020), Timoteo Lafai (2020), Blake Lawrie (2019), Kurt Mann (2021), Jason Nightingale (2018), Tristan Sailor (2019), Paul Vaughan (2021), Gareth Widdop (2022)
Off Contract 2019
Mitchell Allgood, Eddie Blacker, Jai Field, Josh Kerr, Jeremy Latimore, Blake Lawrie, Hayden Lomax, Joe Lovodua, Lachlan Maranta, Steven Marsters, Darren Nicholls, Reece Robson, Tristan Sailor, Lachlan Timm
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2018 Predicted Lineup

  1. Matthew Dufty
  2. Jason Nightingale
  3. Euan Aitken
  4. Tim Lafai
  5. Nene Macdonald
  6. Gareth Widdop ©
  7. Ben Hunt
  8. James Graham
  9. Cameron McInnes
  10. Paul Vaughn
  11. Tyson Frizell
  12. Tariq Sims
  13. Jack De Belin
  14. Kurt Mann
  15. Leeson Ah Mau
  16. Jeremy Latimore
  17. Mitchell Allgood

Coach: Paul McGregor

Reserves: Jacob Host, Jai Field, Hame Sele, Luciano Leilua.

The Big Question: Will Gareth Widdop be able to gel with new halves partner Ben Hunt after failing to share the spotlight with the previous marquee signing Benji Marshall across the 2015-16 seasons?

Predicted Finish: 4th


  1. Maybe lacking a little out wide and not enough punch from the bench (Latimore and Allgood), but overall it looks a strong team that has a good chance of a top 8 finish. I think 4th might be a bit bld though.

    • Happy New Year Pedro.Totally agree with Laurie and Leilua over Allgood and Latimore.Im excited to see how we go finally with a proper halves pairing👌

  2. If I was coach, I would have penciled in for game 1

    1 Dufty
    2 McDonald
    3 Lafai
    4 Lomax
    5 Herbert/Garrick/Matherson Johns
    6 Widdop
    7 Hunt
    13 DeBelin
    12 Frizzell
    11 Leilua
    10 Graham
    9 McInnis
    8 Vaughn

    14 Host
    15 Simms
    16 Ahmau
    17 Mann/Aitken

    Nightingale is too slow now for first grade.

    I would keep Simms as an interchange prop.

    Lomax is going to be a star.

    • Long time no see from you …
      I have disagree on Flo – he still gets the job done in terms of finishing off on the wing.
      I forgot about Host and he has been good but Leilua has better hands for an offload.
      Simms has to be a starter on last years performance as does Aitkin if he stays fit.

    • I’d have Aitken in the centres (although if Lomax lives up to the raps about him he could well end up in 1st grade ahead of Aitken – at least he knows how to pass), Flo on the wing because even though he’s slower than Dallas Donnelly and Phil Charlton he still finds the line, and I’d have Lawrie instead of Host because Lawrie should be a better middle third player than Host and the bench needs more than just Ah Mau as a reserve prop – I regard Sims as a running backrower in the vein of Thommo. Just my opinion.
      Otherwise, good side.

    • Gday DS.Happy New Year mate.I like what you’ve done injecting the side with youth and looking towards the future.Id start Nightingale and see how he goes.Any hiccups a youngster gets his wing.Im looking forward to watching Dufty and Feild develop this season.Im excited boys👊

      • Happy New year to you too saintreggie. I am more positive about our chances this year then I have been since 2011.

        Hi Pedro.

        38er. I think Simm lost a bit of pace and lateral movement when he broke his leg numerous times. I also think we need too good interchange props and if we play Simms on in the backrow, then I think we are week with our prop interchange. I would like to see Kerr given a run. He has some size about him.

  3. Sold – I will take 4th – but it surely is a joke. I would say 6th (at best), but probably 7th or 8th.

    Too slow in the centres – Lafai & Nightingale (sad to say) not first grade standard anymore. I also didn’t see enough good stuff from McDonald last year. Lastly, I am not sold on James Graham as he looks past his best.

    I hope I am wrong – I just want to see the team make the Semi’s

  4. It seems like just the other week we went through the same thing with Dan. Dragons were finishing ‘7th’ back then. Now they’re ‘4th’, without a ball being kicked or passed. Nice work.
    Looking at this year’s teams, most Dragons fans would be pleased enough to think that 7th is about right — providing the Coach can hold things together in 2018. Most reviews talk about the players only, but the coach is arguably just as important.

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