during the round 25 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the St George Illawarra Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia.

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.¬†

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“It’s really good news for my fianc√© 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.

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“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.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. Good re-signing. Hopefully not too expensive, taking little out of the cap.

    Didn’t leak tries down his wing & scored a few.

    Seems a little short, but appeared to make up for it with his 100 mile an hour effort. Went hard every run he made.

  2. He has been far better than I expected. He’s 25 and played for Mackay in Qld Intrust Super Cup although I think he’s originally from Perth – where have the Cowboys been? Missed another one like Barba (although that’s debatable)?

  3. Good signing. I’ve been very impressed by how he plays hard and fast. Makes good metres and is generally very safe. Doing a much better job in defense than poor old Gypsy has been for the last few years.

    What happens next year with Lomax and Aitken? Lomax has to be in the team.

    • Great signing, he is the modern day Mansour, he runs hard, makes good metres, is safe with ball in hand and has a quick play the ball. Overall a great addition to the team.

  4. I’m more concerned about the coach and his wonderful visions he had for the Dragons finishing in the top 4. Does anyone really think the Dragons have a coach of the standards of Melbourne or the Roosters? As far as I am concerned the coach McGregor should be the one shown the door otherwise it will be the same old thing next year about his wonderful visions of finishing in the top 4.

    • Seriously Michael?? We were one win off a tie for first on the ladder and lost the semi v Souths by one point – minus the players-of-the-year in 2016 (Whiddop) and 2017 (Vaughan) – and you want the coach’s head?? Replace him with who?? As a Dragons fan – I get embarrassed at the constant “sack the coach” calls then come from within our supporters ranks.

  5. I don’t think you can blame any player individually Pheonix, as a team they “were” the team to beat but injuries and SOO cruelled their season. Their semi final crushing of Brisbane at Suncorp was amazing and they unfortunately lost their captain and main playmaker during the game, but at that time they were already on a roll. Losing Widdop for the next game and Sims early, the man who destroyed Brisbane, killed off their charge. They would have crushed souths (at full strength) as well. The forwards this weekend will cancel each other out, but the roosters backline will give the dragons some redemption this weekend. Roosters 13+

    • I can’t disagree with any of that.

      Personally can’t see the bunnies getting anywhere near them.

      Just hope for a good game to watch as I fear the Storm/Sharks may be an ugly ugly affair.

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