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Sport Dragons crisis deepens as NRL sign off on Tyson Frizell's move to Newcastle

02:16  04 june  2020
02:16  04 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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NRL .com understands Frizell has accepted Newcastle 's offer, believed to be near million from 2021, despite the uncertainty around when the It is understood a change of scenery and a belief in Newcastle 's direction under new coach Adam O'Brien have prompted Frizell ' s decision to move on

Departing St George Illawarra backrower Tyson Frizell has commented following the confirmation However the contract is yet to be registered with the NRL amid the fallout and uncertainty following the "In regards to the news of my recent signing with the Newcastle Knights, I have signed and

  Dragons crisis deepens as NRL sign off on Tyson Frizell's move to Newcastle © Getty Images

The crisis at St. George Illawarra has deepened with star forward Tyson Frizell's contract with Newcastle to officially be rubber-stamped by the NRL.

The Dragons confirmed back in March that Frizell had agreed to join the Knights at the start of the 2021 season after weighing up big-money offers from both clubs.

However, there were initial reservations over the deal being signed during the coronavirus lockdown amid increasing uncertainty surrounding the salary cap and player contracts.

The NSW Blues and Kangaroos backrower, meanwhile, released a statement admitting the move to the Hunter had been agreed upon but nothing had been signed.

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" Tyson Frizell received one of the most substantial offers in St George Illawarra history to remain at the club beyond the 2020 season," recruitment Frizell ' s exit is a hammer blow for the Dragons , with veteran teammate James Graham acknowledging the move is hardly an endorsement for the club's

Star lock Tyson Frizell and halfback Ben Hunt also failed to finish the match, however both are "But pushed passes, dropped balls on play one, and going down on short sides off a scrum and running out, it' s not good enough. Share or comment on this article: Dragons ' NRL back row crisis deepens .

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There was a small glimmer of hope among the Red V faithful the delay in Frizell's contract being registered would prompt the hard-hitting forward to reconsider the move.

But as revealed by The Daily Telegraph, the three-year deal, worth a reported $2.1 million, has been signed off at NRL headquarters and will be officially confirmed by the Knights.

It comes after Frizell declared back in January that tasting premiership success was a key driver in the decision for his next contract.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor admitted he was "disappointed and saddened" when it was first revealed Frizell was on the move, but left the door ajar for the 28-year-old to reconsider.

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Frizell will train with the Dragons again on Saturday and is expected to head to Newcastle provided he gets through the session without issue. Named on an extended bench by the Dragons earlier this week, Frizell hasn't played since requiring surgery after he collided with Jordan Kahu' s knee in round one.

The Dragons believe Frizell ' s body isn't what it used to be and have told him it's unlikely he'll be retained Most at the Dragons believe Frizell will stick around and back himself to have a big year next season. Still at the Dragons , mobile backrower Luciano Leilua is being shopped to Newcastle .

"Tyson has been a great role model at the club, he’s our most decorated player now for state and Australia, he’s worked very hard to achieve these honours," McGregor told Sky Sports Radio in March.

"It’s very hard to see a player like that walk out of your organisation, but in saying that we are a professional sport and you don’t always get what you want.

"I’m not sure whether that contract has been registered yet or how that goes, but he’s always welcome to stay if he likes."

But Frizell's eighth season in the Red V, after joining the club in 2013, will officially be his last before he joins Adam O'Brien's young Knights side.

It's a monumental blow to the Dragons, who find themselves in dire straits following the team's 0-3 start to the season and last weekend's horror performance in the 18-0 loss to the injury-riddled Warriors.

In a side that has lacked punch in the middle of the field and has struggled in attack over the past 18 months, the loss of the hard-running Frizell is a monumental blow and places further pressure on McGregor.

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Tyson Frizell remains a strong chance of returning against Newcastle if he gets through St George Illawarra NRL training on Saturday. Named on an extended bench by the Dragons earlier this week, Frizell hasn't played since requiring surgery after he collided with Jordan Kahu' s knee in round one.

The Dragons have tabled NSW and Australian Test star Tyson Frizell a three-year extension as rival clubs, led by Newcastle , attempt to lure him out Frizell met St George Illawarra powerbrokers earlier this week when the new deal was tabled, but has also fielded a three-year offer from the Knights as

Entering the season under enormous scrutiny following last year's 15th-place finish, the fierce calls for McGregor to be axed have now begun to spill over after what has been nearly a decade of poor results for the once-proud club.

The coach signed a two-year contract extension in April last year, much to the surprise of Dragons fans, but has reportedly been given a fortnight to relieve himself of the axe midway through the year.

However, should the Dragons choice to sack McGregor this season it could cost them around $1 million to pay out the former club legend.

Meanwhile, fresh reports suggest a clause in McGregor's contract could save the cash-strapped club $350,000 if they wait until 2021 to end the coach's tenure rather than fire him this season.

The club has premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan on their books, and reportedly could consider approaching the NRL about having his ban from head coaching lifted should McGregor be axed.

The Dragons face the winless Canterbury Bulldogs next, in what's shaping to be a battle of the coaches, with Dean Pay's future also under question.

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