NRL Rd 20 - Dragons v Eels
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Jason Saab of the Dragons walks off after losing the round 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Parramatta Eels at WIN Jubilee Stadium on August 04, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra are remaining adamant Jason Saab will be a Dragons player in 2021, despite the 20-year-old’s request to move to Manly, per The Daily Telegraph.

Anthony Griffin met with Saab’s manager Mario Tartak this week, with the Dragons coach making it clear the winger will play out the remaining two years of his contract.

Saab requested a move to Manly prior to Griffin’s arrival, with the youngster planning on beginning pre-season training with the Sea Eagles by next week.

The Dragons are standing firm on Saab’s contract, with the club only budging on a move if a trade deal can be agreed upon.

Saab is eyeing a move away from Wollongong as he struggles with the long commute from western Sydney, where he resides in his family home.

It is also believed that Saab would be on a greater deal with the Sea Eagles, leaving the Dragons wanting something in return if they are to let their rising star depart.

The Dragons are understood to be open to moving Saab to any rival club that would satisfy a trade deal, with the club not specifically keen on trading for another outside back to replace their young gun.


  1. Good on St.George for standing firm on this matter. Why shouldn’t they come out of the deal with something, or a replacement player. Don’t just allow players to walk away whenever it suits them., to the detriment of the club involved. When they have time left on a contract. Don’t like it? Don’t sign the contract in the first place.

  2. I am the same, I fully agree with their approach, it is clear he is chasing money and greed and he is using travel as an exuse. He went to media to put pressure on the Dragons to release him, instead that backfired on him big time. I just want to ask him one simple question how long does it take him to reach Manly from his house, I bet you there is not much difference in travel.

  3. It is called common sense, as he used the travel as his exuse which is pathatec at best. He always knew how far he has to travel to work and still committed to a contract, until another club comes and offers you more money. Well the dragons have every right to be compensated by him or any other club that wants to sign him, if he was being signed on the same money, I would maybe change my view.

  4. I have commonsense, dragon007007, firstly you do not know where he lives, and secondly, you’re not him. You don’t know the circumstances anymore than what I do. I still stand by my comments. Why keep an unhappy player?

  5. He lives in Merrylands. Its near where I used to live. Knowing Sydney traffic, Merrylands to Wollongong is quicker than Merrylands to Brookvale!

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