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Digital Image by Robb Cox ©  :Holden Cup Rugby League; St George Illawarra Dragons V Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Sunday the 11th of May 2014.

The St George Illawarra Dragons announced on Tuesday the re-signing of National Youth Competition team five-eighth Drew Hutchison until at least the end of the 2017 season.

The local Albion Park Oak Flats Eagles junior is a graduate of the Dragons High Performance Unit and is in the midst of his second season with the Under 20’s team.

Hutchison, 19, was named in the NSW Blues U20 State of Origin team which defeated the Queensland Maroons earlier this season and has represented the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.

“I am really pleased to have re-signed with my childhood Club who I have represented since junior levels,” said Hutchison.

“My main focus now is to continue my development and I’m fortunate to be able to do that under the guidance of both Paul McGregor and the advice from the other senior players around me.

“I have learnt a lot since being invited to train alongside the first-grade squad and hope to someday follow suit by wearing the Red V jersey at NRL level.”

Hutchison becomes the sixth NYC player to be re-signed by the Club in recent weeks.

“Drew is a local junior who has come through out system at an early age and he is presently developing well in the halves,” said Dragons Recruitment Manager Ben Haran.

“He has been invited to train alongside the first-grade squad and is learning a lot simply by being around the more senior and experienced players which I know he appreciates.

“He has a great opportunity at the moment playing with the Illawarra Cutters to test himself against more senior opposition in the NSW Cup and we see him having a bright future here at the Club.”

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