WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Luciano Leilua of the Dragons is tackled during the round 22 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Bronocs at WIN Stadium on August 4, 2016 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that Luciano Leilua has agreed to terms for a further two seasons, until the end of 2018.

The local Hurstville United junior, who can play throughout the forward pack and in the second row, made his first-grade debut against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 22 last season and has played five NRL games to date.

The club’s 2016 NYC ‘Player of the Year’ recipient additionally scored nine tries from 21 appearances for the Young Dragons that season as well as featuring for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.

“I am very happy to be able to continue being a Dragon and it was always my intention to remain here at the club,” said Leilua.

“It is every player’s dream to play first grade and I was able to do just that as a local junior with the Dragons last season.

“My focus now is to work as hard as I can during the pre-season and make the most of any opportunities that come my way next season.”

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