SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Tyson Frizell of the Dragons runs the ball during the round 18 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at UOW Jubilee Oval on July 15, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Following the ARLC’s landmark decision to suspend Jack De Belin indefinitely, Dragons coach Paul McGregor is set to shift NSW and Australian representative Tyson Frizell into the no. 13 jersey.

Having not received any clarification from the NRL in regard to a salary cap exemption for the now absent De Belin, McGregor has opted to shift workhorse back-rower Tyson Frizell to the middle of the field, rather than sign a replacement.

McGregor told the Sydney Morning Herald that he gauged Frizell’s thoughts on the move following the suspension handed down by the ARLC, to which Frizell responded: “I’ll do whatever you need me to do coach.”

“It was more an understanding of ‘this has happened’, and ‘how do you feel about it?’, and he said ‘I’ll do whatever it takes to win” McGregor told The Herald.

McGregor also consulted the Dragons’ leadership group about the positional shift, who all agreed with their coach in regard to Frizell’s shift to the middle.

The shift is being done with an eye to playing one of either Luciano Leilua or Jacob Host in Frizell’s now vacant edge position.

On paper, the move makes the most sense for St George Illawarra as it will cause a minimal fuss in their preparation. This is due to Frizell having started at lock for NSW, as well as having regular cameos in the middle for the Dragons in 2018.

Sadly for the Dragons, Frizell doesn’t have the same engine as De Belin, and hence won’t be able to reproduce the 80-minute performances that his NSW teammate did last year for his club side. As a result of this Frizell will share the load with new signing Korbin Sims, who was one of the Dragons best starting at lock in their first trial against the Knights.

Frizell and his Dragons kick off their season on March 16th against the Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Frizell is so good on that left edge tho I wouldn’t move him. I’d start Korbin Sims at 13. The bench would lack abit of impact and experimace but that’ll just open opportunities to younger players

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  3. It is ridiculous to say “Sadly for the Dragons, Frizell doesn’t have the same engine as De Belin, and hence won’t be able to reproduce the 80-minute performances that his NSW team-mate did last year for his club side” Frizell is one of the first forwards picked when it’s representative football time, and is arguably the Dragons most consistent player.

    The Dragons will have to adapt to playing without JDB for an indefinite period of time, and I think Mary and the senior players group would know more about the capabilities of one of their team mates than the faceless contributor of this article. They will be fine. All that is required are a few tweaks in their forwards. It isn’t a big deal, and I wish some of you media people would stop exaggerating your stories.

  4. He used to be lock he’ll be fine better than the over rated person who should off stepped down himself …….frizzell is more than capable better ball player to

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