St George Illawarra have announced the re-signing of a talented quintet ahead of the Dragons' 2022 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership season.
Local junior Keele Browne, forwards Aliti Namoce and Chantel Tugaga, utility Renee Targett and Illawarra Steelers star hooker Salma Nour will remain with the Dragons following the success of last season.
Coach Jamie Soward said their retention leaves the squad in a strong position with one spot remaining in the Dragons' squad.
"I'm really excited to get these five back. It's exciting to have a good core of young girls who have recommitted to the club," Soward said.
"Renee for me is one of the most professional people I've ever met so I'm really excited to get her back. Keele's a local junior and we love being able to promote those girls and keep them in our system.
"Salma's a special signing because she was a development player last year and we promoted from within our ranks. It proves how serious we take our development spots."
All five players re-signings follows the announcement of the Dragons' 2022 NRLW draw.
The Dragons will kick-start their campaign at WIN Stadium, Wollongong as part of a first grade double header against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday, August 21.
A huge clash against the Parramatta Eels (also a double header with the NRL Dragons on Sunday, August 28) will follow before the 2021 NRLW grand final rematch takes place against the Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, September 4.
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St George Illawarra 2022 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership draw:
Round 1 v Gold Coast Titans: Sunday, August 21 @ WIN Stadium, Wollongong (12pm)
Round 2 v Parramatta Eels: Sunday, August 28 @ CommBank Stadium (12pm)
Round 3 v Sydney Roosters: Sunday, September 4 @ Leichhardt Oval (6:10pm)
Round 4 v Brisbane Broncos: TBC (fixtures to be aligned with NRL finals)
Round 5 v Newcastle Knights: Sunday, September 18 @ Central Coast Stadium (3:45pm).
St George Illawarra's 2022 NRL Telstra Women's Premiership squad (so far):
- Elsie Albert
- Kezie Apps
- Shaylee Bent
- Teagan Berry
- Keele Browne
- Keeley Davis
- Quincy Dodd
- Tegan Dymock
- Taliah Fuimaono
- Fatafehi Hanisi
- Talei Holmes
- Zali Hopkins
- Page McGregor
- Aliti Namoce
- Salma Nour
- Rachael Pearson
- Andie Robinson
- Monalisa Soliola
- Shontelle Stowers
- Renee Targett
- Emma Tonegato
- Chantel Tugaga
- Holli Wheeler