AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 04: Lachlan Maranta of the Broncos makes a break during the round 13 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The St George Illawarra Dragons have acquired former Bronco Lachlan Maranta for the upcoming season and secured back-rower Tariq Sims, who re-signed with the club for a further three seasons.

Sims, the reigning Dragons Player of the year recipient who was out of contract at the end of 2019, will now stay with the club until at least the end of the 2022 season.

The local Gerringong junior missed only one NRL game for the 2018 season and made his long-awaited State of Origin debut for New South Wales in Game Three.

Sims was pleased to remain at the club, where he has been since midway through the Dragons’ 2016 campaign.

“The Dragons has always been a club I’ve wanted to play for and represent being from Gerringong. To have the chance to extend my time with this special playing group, it was too good an opportunity to go anywhere else,” Sims told the club website.

“Mary (Paul McGregor) is a coach I’ve always wanted to play for and he has always wanted to coach me, which was very important when I first came to the Dragons. I’d like to think I’ve taken my opportunities here at the club with both hands.”

“The goals is always winning a premiership, but I can’t wait to help develop the players coming through,” Sims added.

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“To see some of these young kids kick on in their careers from the under-20s to the NRL in the coming years will be a real highlight.”

Dragons list manager Ian Millward said Sim’s retention was crucial in helping the Dragons maintain one of the best forward packs in the NRL.

“There’s a lot of things we like about Tariq on the field, but there’s also plenty of things we like about him off it. He’s a real leader and will be a great mentor for some of our young players,” Millward said.

“Tariq personifies personality and commitment, and what he does around the club on and off the field is enormous. His enthusiasm is infectious and his standing in the game at present is very important to our club.”

“He’s also a very crucial piece of the jigsaw, locking him in long-term, along with (Jack) de Belin, (Tyson) Frizell, (Paul) Vaughan and (James) Graham.”

The Dragons have also signed former Brisbane Broncos outside back Lachlan Maranta to a one-year deal.

Maranta has played 70 NRL games to date, and has spent the past two years at Super Rugby outfit, Queensland Reds.

“Lachlan has played plenty of NRL games over a period of five seasons, in that period he was versatile, he played the wing, fullback and a couple of centre positions. He’s proven so far to be a really good person who trains well, and he’ll bring experience to the squad,” Millward said.

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“Mitch Allgood is an example in the sense of Lachlan’s signing, in terms of Mitch’s influence on the squad over the past 12 months. Both Mitch and Lachlan have played a similar amount of NRL games, and have the experience to play first grade if required.”

“He’s not a replacement for Kurt Mann nor a replacement for Nene Macdonald, we were looking for an experienced squad member.”

“We think he’s going to be a great addition he’s going to bring a lot of enthusiasm with all his experience in not only Rugby League but Rugby Union.” Millward said.

Maranta’s signing sees him among the likes of Korbin Sims, Mikaele Ravalawa, Eddie Blacker, Lachlan Timm and Jonus Pearson to have joined the Red V ahead of the 2019 season.

The re-signing of Sims follows the likes of Cameron McInnes, Zac Lomax, Jeremy Latimore, Luciano Leilua, Matt Dufty, Josh Kerr, Joe Lovodua and Jordan Pereira to have also extended their stay with the Dragons over the past 12 months.


      • Jack De Belin has been arrested by police for “allegedly” sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Wollongong. One other lower grade player from the Dragons was also “allegedly” involved.

        Given their recent outspoken and aggressive statements around this subject in regards to Jarryd Hayne and Dylan Walker I would be very interested in hearing the thoughts of danielle and brissydragon on this matter.

        I guess karma just bit you both in the ass! LOL

        • So let’s see you go after the Dragons as a degenerate club that breeds low lives then. Just like you rushed to attack other clubs who are equally not responsible for the off-field behaviour of their players. Or are you a hypocrite?

    • Jack De Belin (Dragons) arrested by police for sexually assaulting a 19 year old woman just out of school. Oh dear, danie11e and bri$$ydrag0n must be SO proud! That’s what you get for shooting your mouths off! Let’s see you show a little consistency now in how you react to this news you pair of low life hypocrites!

      • And De Belin’s partner is 20 weeks pregnant with his child. Class act!

        Nothing personal against the rest of the Dragons fans but none of you came hard after Hayne or Walker but these clowns have an agenda and not they have been caught with their foot in their mouth.

      • Princess you’re a nuffy. If JDB is guilty he can hang. Thing is I’d like to see the evidence first. Hayne and Walker have form for sh!t behaviour, De Belin doesn’t. That doesn’t necessarily make him innocent, but he’s yet to be proven guilty either. But like I said, if he’s guilty he can go behind bars.

        • It doesnt’ make Hayne or Walker innocent guilty either though, does it? I agree that we should not be making snap judgements on JDB, but we shouldn’t on the others either, you can’t have it both ways just because it suits.

        • Bravo eels47, well put. Unfortunately, hypocrites are always blind to their own hypocrisy and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is too thick to be reasoned with.

  1. Maranta is a good back up winger. He isn’t great at defending or great at bringing the ball up but he can finish well in the courners and he’s really someone who will let you down.

  2. I guess it’s time for the Sharks to have their own feeding frenzy now after the Dragons fans have come down hard against the Sharks. At this rate, after the off-season from hell, what will the game look like in 2019 and will anyone give a damn anymore?

      • “Bring it on”? What a clown you are “prissy-drag-queen”. You are too stupid to realise you are being slowly eaten alive one small piece at a time, just like a piranha, death by a thousand bites. Keep flapping your lips, I’ll get to those soon enough and then just like the other tr0lls that have come before you and now lie silent you will realise too late that you don’t have the brains to back up your bu11sh1t..

  3. Well put Nero. There are a fair few people getting put off the footy due the the “Silly Bugger” business in the off season.

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