St George Illawarra Dragons Assistant Coach Dean Young is relishing the opportunity to be handed further responsibility in his new role.

Young was appointed to the position prior to the commencement of the first phase of pre-season and admits it was an easy decision to make given it has always been his ambition to become a coach once he retired from playing.

Young confesses overseeing several of his former on-field teammates has not been a distraction in his transition into the role and hope to be able to provide expertise in the areas he is responsible for.

“I have been at the Club for a long time and always want to see the Club do well,” said Young.

“To be handed that opportunity to help steer the Club back in that direction was one I could not pass up on.

“I’ve always wanted to be a coach and it is especially something I have realised in the last few years prior to retiring.

“When Paul McGregor approached me I thought about it long and hard but the decision in the end was an easy one for me.

“I played a lot with some of the current squad during my own career but that has not been a deterrent on my approach to coaching them or a distraction.

“We all know there is a job to do and that is returning this Club to where it should be on the ladder.

“We’ve been working hard on several systems that we think will work and it is part of Paul McGregor’s overall approach to how he has handled pre-season to date.

“Communication and ball skills are two areas that we have been trying to improve upon as they are important on a playing field.”