Incoming St George Illawarra Dragons coach Steve Price’s recruitment drive for big and aggressive forwards continues with St George junior Atelea Vea joining the Dragons next season.
Vea, 24, a back-rower, spent his youth playing for Hurstville United before switching to Cronulla Sharks where he made his NRL debut in 2009.
Vea played eight games at the Sharks before switching to Melbourne Storm last year where he missed a large chunk of the season with a shoulder injury.
He has played eight games for the Storm this season.
The Dragons’ forward pack were criticised this season for lacking punch. With Vea (102kg) joining North Queensland Cowboys giant Leeson Ah Mau (108kg), Gold Coast Titans prop Will Matthews (104kg) and the New Zealand Warriors’ big man Jeremy Latimore (109kg), Price has looked to add some size and muscle.
The Dragons lose Jon Green (Sharks) and Adam Cuthberston, who is likely to follow Wayne Bennett and Darius Boyd to Newcastle.
Vea is the second St George junior back at the club next year with Chase Stanley reuniting with younger brother Kyle in the Dragons’ top squad. Wests Tigers’ utility back Tim Moltzen is the other and the Dragons may target one more outside back.
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