St George Illawarra Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward provides insight into the recent retention of second-rower Luciano Leilua.

The local Hurstville United junior has played five first-grade games to date and agreed to terms on a further two seasons, until at least the end of 2018 on Friday.

Leilua, alongside recently re-signed local juniors Matt Dufty (Penshurst RSL) and Hame Sele (Kingsgrove Colts) as well as Izaac Thompson (Kingsgrove Colts), are all graduates of the Dragons National Youth Competition team in the midst of their first season in the senior squad.