The St George Illawarra Dragons have proudly announced their High Performance Unit squads for season 2014.
The HPU is a key program and pathway for junior rugby league players in our St George and Illawarra regions as well as selected talent identified from external areas.
Now in its sixth year, it has established itself as one of the most admired development programs in rugby league and is responsible for guiding many of today’s players in the NRL.
This season will see Dragons National Youth Competition Head Coaches Dean Young and Ben Hornby overseeing the coaching of the HPU as they help to prepare young players for the demands of the NRL.
“It is important that all the HPU players irrespective of location have an opportunity to play at an elite level of competition,” said Young.
“We have got a lot of young players who are coming through the ranks here presently and we are here to make sure they get the very best footballing education.
“The Dragons are a club that’s developed a lot of current NRL players through our youth system and it’s important for the sport that we continue to produce NRL calibre footballers.”
The programs run from the end of the Junior Representative season in May through until the end of the rugby league season with group and individual plans for each squad member that cover all aspects required, including basic skills, speed and strength levels, to be successful.
Furthermore, the HPU operates an External Academy program aimed at servicing the developmental needs of a small number of external country-based players on contract or scholarship to the Club.
The department already boasts several alumni currently playing first-grade with the Dragons including Jack Stockwell, Kyle Stanley, Charly Runciman, Nathan Green, Craig Garvey and Yaw Kiti Glymin.
Additionally, other graduates including NSW Blues U20 State of Origin representatives Jack Bird, Euan Aitken and Drew Hutchison, are presently plying their trade at NYC level.