St George Illawarra have re-signed Jordan Pereira for a further two seasons.
The winger will now be with the Dragons until the end of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
The 25-year-old made his NRL debut in Round 19 against the North Queensland Cowboys. Pereira remained in the side until the Dragons’ semi-final elimination to South Sydney, playing a total of nine games.
The New Zealand-born Pereira said it meant the world to him to re-signed with the Dragons.
“Five years ago I was playing park footy. Now I have to pinch myself considering I’m playing with the likes of Jack de Belin, Tyson Frizell, Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop. It’s definitely a blessing,” Pereira told the Dragons club website.
“It’s really good news for my fiancé and I to add that stability and security to our future. Being here gives us that extra bit of happiness. We wanted to stay and the two extra pre-seasons will be so beneficial to me, particularly for my development.”
“I’m very happy to be running around in first grade now and it’s definitely something I don’t want to give up. I’m very proud to be representing this club and hopefully there’s more NRL games to come.”
Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management Ian Millward said Pereira was the perfect example of hard work paying off.
“We have rewarded Jordan for his step up into first grade. He’s very mature for his age and with another two pre-seasons under his belt, his efforts will become even greater,” Millward told the club website.
“He’s a focused individual who appreciates the environment he’s in, but also understands what he’s here for. He’s played quite a few first grade games now and it’s really pleasing to see his hard work pay off and for him to take his chances.
“He’s going to become a player who will continue to blossom and one we can continue to rely on in the NRL team.”