NRL Rd 21 - Dragons v Titans
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Korbin Sims of the Dragons is tackled during the round 21 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Gold Coast Titans at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

The St George Illawarra Dragons have released forward Korbin Sims from the remainder of his contract to take up a deal in the English Super League.

The club announced on Friday morning that the Sims would make the overseas move despite having a year to run on his contract.

He will join Hull Kington Rovers in 2021 on a three-year deal, which leaves the Dragons with three roster spots to fill for next season.

The Dragons also announced that front-rower Kaide Ellis has re-signed for one season.

The 24-year old joined the club halfway through the 2020 season and made eight first-grade appearances for the club.

Dragons General manager of football Ben Haran thanked Sims for his contributions to the club.

“I’d like to thank Korbin for his contribution at the Red V and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Haran told the club website.

“Kaide arrived at the Dragons in recent months with high credentials and he certainly proved a positive addition to our team in the back end of last season.

“The player market moves fast in rugby league and a lot of things can happen in a short amount of time.

“With three spots remaining on our roster, we’ll be working diligently over the coming months to ensure the players who do come to the Dragons are the right fit for our club.”

Sims arrived at at the club from Brisbane in 2019 and managed 21 NRL games over two seasons, getting hampered with injuries.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Dragons must still have a fair bit of money to spend. On the surface it looks like they are making smart moves..finally.

  2. It must be the Griffin factor, but you are right butters. It’s a shame Korbin Sims missed so many games through injury. Fit and in form he was a big asset, but unfortunately luck seemed to go against him too often. Good to see Kaide Ellis is staying and if we can believe what the boffins at the Dragons are saying it’s only a few experienced back-rowers they want to sign.

  3. Glad Kaide Ellis got another contract. Korbin Sims didn’t live up to expectations at all. Yes, injuries. But he never really looked interested on the field to me. Hope Tariq finds 2019 form in 2021.

  4. Ellis was alright in Penrith’s Canterbury Cup side. Never really looked great in first grade. Or in St.George’s first grade side for that matter. Especially missing tackles up the centre.

  5. Sometimes they just need a good run in the top grade. Might fail, but might just find their feet and succeed. There is enough there at the price to find out. If nothing else he’ll be a leader in the seconds.

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