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The St George Illawarra Dragons have confirmed on Wednesday the re-signing of National Youth Competition team duo Izaac Thompson and Jack Kavanagh to new respective contracts.

Local Kingsgrove Colts junior Izaac Thompson can play in the centre or on the wing and has been signed for a further three seasons until at least the end of 2017.

Thompson was first identified by the Dragons High Performance Unit before subsequently going on to play junior representative football and Under 20’s for the Club.

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Furthermore, Jack Kavanagh, who can play throughout the forward-pack or in the second-row, has additionally been signed for a further two seasons until at least the end of 2016.

The Dubbo Eastridge Cobras junior was originally identified by the Dragons external High Performance Unit’s and is in the midst of his first season with the Under 20’s team.

“It is welcoming news to announce the re-signing of Izaac and Jack who are both graduates of the Club’s High Performance Unit programs,” said Dragons Recruitment Manager Ben Haran.

“Izaac has demonstrated physically some good attributes in the positions that he can play on the field.

“He has had some hard luck this season having suffered several injuries but is looking forward to next year’s pre-season and reaching the next level in his game.

“Jack came through our external High Performance Unit program that we hold in the Central West of New South Wales and was monitored for several years.

“He has stepped-up to the challenges of playing in the Under 20’s this season and warrants the opportunity to continue his development at the Club.”

The Dragons have re-signed a total of eight National Youth Competition players to date this season: Jacob Host (2017); Drew Hutchison (2017); Izaac Thompson (2017); Matt Dufty (2016); Addin Fonua-Blake (2016); Jack Kavanagh (2016); Luciano Leilua (2016); Hame Sele (2016).