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Dragons football department update

St George Illawarra have provided the following update regarding the suspension of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership season due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

Dragons executive manager – football Ben Haran addressed the entire playing group on Wednesday morning to inform them that training will be suspended for at least the next two weeks. This decision will be revisited based on the advice from the NRL and relevant government and health authorities.

All 35 players will be provided with individualised training programs in the coming days.

"We have provided our squad with innovative ways to stay connected to the club and staff. We have also challenged them to take on new tasks and explore new education options as a means to remain active throughout this unprecedented period," Haran said.

"While we wait to establish our next steps from the NRL and RLPA; another paramount focus of the football department remains on the availability of wellbeing strategies for the players, their partners and families to utilise in the coming weeks."

Dragons CEO Brian Johnston said the Dragons respect the NRL's decision to suspend the competition.

"The protection of the Dragons' football department and administration staff's livelihoods, wellbeing, health and safety will be one of the club's high priorities throughout this trying period," he said.