St George Illawarra showed their appreciation to a group of unsung heroes that have helped shaped many young Dragons, with the hope of one day becoming future NRL players.
The Dragons – including Chairman Brian Johnston – hosted several guests of honour including player employers, university tutors, school teachers, host families and real estate agents at an appreciation day last Saturday at St George Leagues Club.
"The support that these people provide is vital for the development of our players and greatly appreciated by the club," Johnston said.
Mr Johnston – who played 167 games for the Dragons and represented Australia and NSW – spoke of how he came to the Dragons as a young player from Dunedoo and the assistance he received when relocating.
"Players needed to look at developing holistically, which includes gaining new skills and interests outside their football to prepare them for life after their time in the game," Johnston said.
"The people here help these young players and the Dragons as a club are appreciative of their contribution."
A number of the Dragons NYC team enjoyed lunch after their 36-12 win over the Titans with their employers and tutors, for example apprentice plumber Brayden Gallagher was joined by his employer Angelo Garcia from Lake South Plumbing.