NRL 2020: St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Issac Luke credits Paul McGregor for move to new club
It was a surprising signing on the surface, but Issac Luke's move to the St George Illawarra Dragons came off the back of a rather surprising factor - under-fire coach Paul McGregor. Despite pressure from the media and fans, McGregor will remain in charge of the Red V in 2020 and his first big recruit was the former Kiwis hooker.And speaking to the media on Tuesday, the 32-year old explained how integral the coach was in getting him back to Australia and into the Dragons squad.MORE: RLPA boss steps down“Mary probably was the kicker, he’s been awesome," he said.
Zac Lomax (born 24 September 1999) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a goal kicking centre for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL . Lomax was born in Temora, New South Wales, Australia. He played his junior rugby league for the Temora Dragons .
Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management Ian Millward didn't shy away from Lomax 's budding prospects in the years to come. " Zac is one of the most promising players to come through our ranks in many years. He's a player we look at building this team around in the long - term
Highly rated outside back Zac Lomax has committed to the Dragons for the extended future, signing a five-year deal with the club that will keep him there until the end of the 2025 NRL season.
Lomax has worked his way through the Dragons system, having been signed as a junior at the age of 13, with the Temora junior making his debut in round 10 in 2018.
The 20-year-old's future at the club appeared to be in doubt, with The Australian reporter Brent Read telling Sporting News that the Canberra Raiders were heavily pursuing his signature.
However, Lomax has recommitted to the club and signed a long-term extension, with the two-time Junior Kangaroos representative excited to have settled his future.
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The Dragons face the Rabbitohs in Saturday night’s semi-final clash at ANZ Stadium and either Lomax or Aitken will be given the almighty challenge of Young gun Lomax has played just three NRL games but impressed in attack during Sunday’s big win over the Broncos after replacing the injured Aitken in
Zac Lomax extends stay at Dragons Author Dragons .com.au dragons .com.au Timestamp Wed 15 Aug 2018, 12:08 PM. St George Illawarra young gun Zac Lomax has extended his stay with the Dragons for a further season. Although not off-contract until the completion of the 2019 NRL Telstra
"Being able to go back to Temora at Christmas knowing that my future is settled and that I'm definitely going to be a Dragon for a while yet is very exciting. My family and I are very happy with the decision that's been made," Lomax told the club's website.
"With 2020, I've attacked every session possible and soaked up as much information as I can when it comes to playing fullback.
"I realise I still have a lot to learn but it's a challenge I'm really looking forward to."
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Director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward hailed Lomax as a crucial piece to retain for their future, envisioning him as a future leader of the club.
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St George Illawarra have appointed ex-Cronulla mentor Shane Flanagan as an assistant coach for 2020."The Dragons exercised due diligence throughout the lengthy appointment process of Flanagan in consideration of his 2018 NRL coaching deregistration," a club statement read.
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"There was a lot of speculation over Zac with numerous clubs in for him and we respected the process he and his management went through," Millward said.
"One thing that hit home over the past couple of weeks was that he wanted to be a Dragon and wanted to stay at the Dragons.
"To have him recommit long term is a no-brainer. Our aim now, and Zac's, is to have him wear the Red V for the rest of his career – he wants to be a one-club player.
"Zac is already the benchmark at training.
"With his attitude and attention-to-detail we see him as a future leader of our club.
"The cherry on top is he's an outstanding goal kicker so we are pleased to shore that up too."
In further positive news for the Lomax family, younger brother Hayden has been signed a one-year extension as a development player for the club.
"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be given another season. I had an interrupted season last year so I'm very grateful," Lomax said.
"I never had an opportunity to play too much footy in 2019 so hopefully I can put my best foot forward and play consistent football in 2020.
"The club has been unreal to my family and I since arriving at the club when I was 15 and I've really appreciated everything since."
Brisbane Broncos young gun Tom Flegler signs contract extension .
Flegler was reportedly being pursued by multiple NRL clubs.As first reported by The Courier Mail’s Peter Badel, the 20-year-old prop has rejected massive offers from rival NRL clubs to stay loyal to the Broncos.