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NRLW standouts ink two-year Red V extensions

The Dragons are pleased to announce that Shenai Lendill, Sara Sautia and Sophie Clancy have agreed to contract extensions that will see them remain at the club until at least the end of the 2025 NRLW season.

NRLW head coach Jamie Soward is excited to have locked the trio down for a further two seasons as the side looks to build on a 2023 season in which they nabbed three wins.

“Shenai has established herself as one of the most versatile players in the NRLW,” Soward said.

“Her work ethic and commitment to being the best wherever she plays makes her a valuable asset for the Dragons going forward.”

Lendill made her NRLW debut for the Dragons this year and went on to be just one of two players to play every minute of every game for Soward.

Her versatility was on full display from the outset beginning the year on the wing before shifting into the back row and eventually finishing the year as a centre.

The 24-year-old averaged 110 run metres and made 31 tackle breaks to go along with a try and a pair of try assists.

Sautia linked up with the Red V prior to the year after spending the past two seasons with the Broncos and slotted sweetly into the second row before succumbing to a foot injury in the side’s Round 4 defeat to the Raiders.

A former Queensland under-19s representative, Sautia averaged 67 run metres in her four games and made 121 total tackles at near 92 per cent efficiency.

“Sara had her season cut short but stayed committed to the team which is why we love having her,” Soward said.

“I can’t wait to see her back on the field and pushing for a Queensland spot in next couple of years; I’m excited to see her play again in 2024.”

Clancy made the move from defending premiers Newcastle prior to the year and was handed her NRLW debut off the bench in Round 3 before going on to make three appearances for the Red V.

“Sophie has shown she has the talent to play at NRLW level and her competitive side is something I like about her,” Soward said.

“She has the chance to be the starting No. 9 going forward.”

The trio joins a raft of Dragons who have re-committed to the club including the likes of Teagan Berry, Raecene McGregor, Bobbi Law, Alexis Tauaneai, Ella Koster, Tara McGrath-West, Jamilee Bright and Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa.

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