The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that Taane Milne has agreed to terms on a two-year contract that will see him join the Club from next season until at least the end of 2017.
Milne, 20, who can play either on the wing or in the centres, is a graduate of the Sydney Roosters National Youth Competition team who scored eight tries from 12 appearances this season.
The Clovelly Crocodiles junior is a two-time Junior Kiwis representative (2014-15) who has previously featured for both the NSW Schoolboys Rugby Union (2013) and Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union (2013) teams.
“Taane is a former dual-representative at junior grade who is equally at home both in the centres or on the wing,” said Dragons Director of Recruitment and Retention Peter Mulholland.
“He is an up-and-coming player of potential who will continue to develop his game under the guidance of Head Coach Paul McGregor and along side the more senior players as he joins the NRL full-time training squad.”
The Dragons have also signed NYC outside back Patrick Herbert (pictured) until the end of the 2017.
Herbert, 18, joined the Club from New Zealand this year, playing SG Ball with Illawarra before progressing to the Dragons NYC Team.
“Patrick is an outstanding talent with a bright future. He can play fullback, wing and centre, has great speed and scored some brilliant tries this year,” said Mulholland.
“He came to the Club from a renown rugby union school in Auckland where he was a target of Super Rugby franchises but he preferred to play league and he will spend some time training with the NRL Squad in the pre-season”.
The Dragons have also released Adam Tuimavave-Gerard and Jack Kavanagh from the final years of their respective contracts to enable them to take up opportunities at other Clubs.