SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons looks on during the round 10 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Former St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop is in line to make a surprise return to the Dragons if they offload Corey Norman.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Widdop could make a return to the Dragons from his UK side Warrington Wolves in place of out of favour five-eighth Corey Norman in a straight player swap deal, which would see the latter head to the UK.

It is understood that Widdop has contacted his former side of a potential homecoming due to personal reasons, despite only being one year into his three-year deal with Warrington.

Part of the deal for Widdop to leave the Dragons is that they can have first rights on the 31-year-old if he returned home to Australia.

However, it all depends on if the Dragons can offload Norman.

Norman made his State of Origin debut for Queensland 12 months ago but since then his form has declined and has become the second choice to rookie half Adam Clune.

The Dragons are desperately keen to sell Norman as they have put him on the trade table to rival NRL clubs. However, rival clubs have been put off by the $850,000 price tag in the final year of his contract.

It leaves the door open for a straight player swap which could see Widdop at the Dragons and Norman at the Wolves.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Swap Corey Norman for Tyrone Peachey.

    Titans get a solid Queensland born half in Norman to help their halves stock. Dragons get Peachey to replace Tyson Frizzel who is out the door next season.
    Saves the Dragons 250k.

    Peachey can either be used in second row or the centres. Also think with the 250k they have saved from this they shoul then target Jack Bird.

    Bird and Lomax in the centres with Peachey and Sims at second row you have 4 edge players with size and speed and ability which makes them very dangerous

  2. Nope don’t like any of those ideas. Get rid of Norman, don’t sign Widdop, don’t touch bird. At the moment I’d offload sims too.
    We desperately need players that bend the line and young halves that run the ball. Genuine attack required.
    However I have no doubt that Millward will jump head over heels for all of that c-@p instead of making genuinely smart investments in the future. Boys club forever.

  3. “Part of the deal for Widdop to leave the Dragons is that they can have first rights on the 31-year-old if he returned home to Australia.”

    Ummmmm…..editor…?

  4. @bigcrompy

    Widdop left the Dragons to go back to England when he still had a year to run on his contract.
    Part of the deal to break his contract was if he comes back to the NRL, they get first shot at him.

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