St George Illawarra Dragons Head of Athletic Performance Nathan Pickworth provides an update on the team’s preparation as the first phase of pre-season training continues.

The Dragons first-grade training ranks have been bolstered by the return of winger Kalifa Faifai Loa, second-rower Tyrone McCarthy and utility Josh McCrone who have respectively commenced their pre-season training program.

The trio had been afforded an extended break following their involvement in the Illawarra Cutters NSW Cup Premiership and NRL State Championship. 

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Dragons prop Russell Packer has commenced light running duties following on from his rehabilitation from shoulder and hip surgery undertaken during the off-season while new-recruit Jacob Hind is overcoming a minor hamstring strain.