SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Corey Norman of the Eels scores a try during the round 21 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Gold Coast Titans at ANZ Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra have confirmed the signing of Parramatta star Corey Norman on a three-year deal.

Norman will now be contracted until at least the end of the 2021 season, and was excited to make the move to the Dragons.

“It’s a big day for myself and my family. There are some exciting times ahead,” Norman told dragons.com.au.

“The Dragons squad at the moment is really good and coming off a good year so I’m really looking forward to playing with the boys and spending plenty of good seasons here.”

The 27-year-old spent the last five seasons at the Eels and played 107 games during him time there, while also playing for Brisbane for 63 games between 2010-2013.

“Corey is a player who will entertain all members and fans with his ability in attack. He is a player who we see will take us to the next level with the way he plays the game,” Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management Ian Millward told the club’s website.

“When we make these decisions, it’s not always about pure recruitment. We talk to our senior players, we speak to our coach. Overall, we have been impressed.

“Straight away, there will be speculation around the position he’ll play and that’ll be up to the coach. We feel Corey as a quality player will give Paul (coach McGregor) an opportunity to work with some really outstanding talent.”

15 COMMENTS

    • Geez you guys are cheering.. why on earth would the dragoons take this guy. Hes never been good, dufty is a fast and skillful player though he is small. Maybe there looking to offload hunt already 🤔

  1. Norman is not the type of player that performs well in an under performing team. He is lazy and really only shows up to support if he thinks he may score a try out of a passage of play. I think he will do ok at the Dragons though. They may just make him mature a lot more and cease behaving in his own mind like he is a future immortal.

  2. Isn’t it funny how all the eels supporters hammer Norman and are glad he’s gone yet in 2017 when they were top 4 they thought he was a champion…. maybe he was rubbish last year due to the whole team. Good pick up for Saints, he needs a fresh start behind a strong forward pack

    • I haven’t bagged him, and there are quite a few other Eels supporters on this site that haven’t either (quite the opposite).
      There’s no doubt he’s a talented player, but he can be too casual.
      If you can get him motivated/focused you got yourself a great player.
      Good luck to him, and the Dragons.
      I really enjoy watching Norman at his best, although I won’t when he plays Parra.

    • Dozy can be a quality player when he puts his mind and energies into being exactly that, what frustrates and annoys eels supporters the most is his general lack of consistency and application on and off the field.
      I don’t believe many have said he lacks talent, but talent only goes some part of the way. Off field issues and what seems a lack of commitment to the cause will always be his downfall.

    • I might as well get in on this too, even if I am not really adding much that hasn’t been said. Most, not all, of the comments I have read on this site from Eels fans have been along the line of Norman being a good player, but for whatever reason he looks disinterested at times and fades in and out of games. I have said that perhaps he needs a change and this might work out well for all parties involved, which has also been echoed by a few others.

      At the end of the day what us Eels knew was that one of our halves had to go, and it was Norman who drew interest, so we are happy for him to be the one.

      On top of all this, supporters from all clubs do what you are referring to. There are certain Dragons fans who loved Dugan when he was playing well, but also bagged the sh!t out of him when he moved to the Sharks. It is part of the tribalism of supporting rugby league.

  3. Brisbane are usually pretty good judges of who they should keep & who they let go. They let Norman go before Parramatta did the same thing. Maybe there were many reasons Brisbane let him go?
    Just like to ask St.George supporters who they think will be the halves organiser , when Widdop leaves? Hunt is not that good at organising & I don’t think Norman is either. If he’s at 5/8th.

  4. Parramatta are the big winners here just to bad Flanno didnt sign him before he was escorted of the placew would have been a great get for drugnulla

  5. Could come up with a decent backline to go with the killer forward pack

    Widdop (c)
    Maranta/Periera/Sailor
    Aitken
    Lafai/Lomax
    Pearson
    Norman
    Hunt
    Vaughn
    McInnes
    Graham (c)
    Simms
    Frizell
    De Belin

    Simms
    Leilua
    Host/Lawrie
    Latimore

    Yes I know sailor is a half, but time on the wing would help bring his game awareness on and get him match fitness to NRL rather than burning up ISP. Maranta is a solid wing without too much class, but does his job and is safe under high ball and knows when and where to be on end of backline movement.

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