When former St George Illawarra Dragons forward Joel Thompson was released by the club in January, it left them with 29 players.
As per league rules, they were required to register a 30th player to their squad.
Dragons list manager Ian Millward has revealed that the club will add youngster Tristan Sailor into their top 30, while reflecting on their original recruitment.
“Thankfully we had no injuries (leading into the June 30 transfer deadline),” Milward told dragons.com.au.
“We got down to the last week, we were negotiating with three clubs to get players off their books.
“They were all wingers, I don’t want to go through the names because they are all currently still with those clubs.
“But at the last minute the clubs chose not to release them.
“We moved a player internally, because we had to move a player – Tristan Sailor.
“Tristan is in our top 30 next season, so it was an easy advancement for us just to move him from a development player for 2018 into our top 30.
Sailor, a 19-year old utility, is signed at the Dragons until the end of the 2019 season, where his legendary father, Wendell, finished his career.