The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that Mick Crawley will fulfil the role of coaching advisor in 2019 – a holistic role that will encompass the NRL side's coaching program.

Crawley has spent the past 12 years as an NRL assistant coach at the North Queensland Cowboys (2009-11), Newcastle Knights (2012-14) and Canberra Raiders (2007-08, 2015-18).

Crawley has worked alongside veteran mentors Graham Murray, Wayne Bennett and Ricky Stuart in his 35 years spent coaching rugby league.

Crawley was also named the Under-20s Coach of the Year in 2014 while in charge of the minor premiership-winning Knights.