SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Head Coach of the Dragons Paul McGregor looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The St George Illawarra Dragons are in talks with their coach Paul McGregor to extend his contract which would see him at the helm of the club for future seasons, according to The Mole.

After what was a strong 2018 performance from the Red V, the club is keen to continue with McGregor’s direction with the club finishing seventh on the ladder and playing finals since 2015.

The Dragons stunned many of their critics who did not have them finishing in the top eight with solid performances throughout the season, then completed a stellar ambush against the Broncos at Suncorp week one of the finals series.

Their season ended in cruel fashion suffering a one-point loss to the Rabbitohs during the second week of the finals, but nonetheless, exceeded many peoples’ expectations.

McGregor is believed to have done enough this season to earn a contract extension with his manager David Riolo currently talking to Dragons officials regarding terms and conditions.

The former Test centre will be off contract at the end of the 2019 season but is hoping to secure a further two-year deal as a reward for the clubs impressive improvement in 2018.


  1. Very premature I think. The Dragons hierarchy should wait until late next season before making a decision. We all know how the Red V have petered out in the second half of the season the last few years, so why not make McGregor and the players sweat for a while? This could be one way of keeping their minds on the job instead of bathing in their comfort zone!

    • My thoughts exactly… The only risk is we might get caught short for a coach if Mary packs his bags but in the odds market im not sure he would go anywhere as there is not much out there.

      Saints dont exactly have coaches screaming for a job there btw.

  2. It was good year in my view and I am tiring of the “coach-knockers” among our supporter base – one win off first place and we lost the semi v Souths by one point, missing Whiddop, Vaughan and Nightingale – I think he has done a good job.

  3. I think the Dragons had a good year. Mary should have learnt a bit about managing origin players as well as the need for some depth in the halves.

  4. Oh please no, I agree with the first 2 comments. It is way to soon to be even thinking along those lines at this stage. McGregor needs to manage his players from Round 1 right through to Round 25 which he has not done in an effective way this year. His vision was to finish in the top 4, that failed. Let’s face it even if the Dragons would have beaten Souths I couldn’t see them toppling the Roosters the following week, so McGregor still has alot to work on before there are any thoughts of extending his contract.

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