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NRLW squad continues to build as trio recommits

The Dragons are pleased to confirm that Kaarla Cowan, Madison Mulhall, and Tayla Curtis have agreed to contract extensions with the club.

The extensions will see them remain at the Dragons until at least the end of the 2024 NRLW season.

NRLW head coach Jamie Soward is happy to see the trio return and continue their development at the Red V.

"Kaarla Cowan showed her versatility last year in the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership and when she got her chance in NRLW," Soward said.

"I'm looking forward to her using that utility value and pushing for that chance to be a starting No.9."

Cowan debuted for the Dragons in Round 2 and went on to make four appearances as a hooker and a lock making 103 total tackles at near 90 per cent efficiency.

"Madi Mulhall, the baby giraffe, burst onto the scene last year. She's one of those people that every team should have; a hard worker, an astute student of the game, looks after her body," Soward said.

"I think that we'll see her in the middle this year and she's definitely one that we've loved bringing through our junior pathways."

Hailing from Orangeville in the Macarthur region of NSW, Mulhall skippered the Dragons’ Tarsha Gale Cup outfit a season ago before making her NRLW debut in the Dragons’ Round 7 win over the Cowboys this year, scoring a try and running for 95 metres in a 70-minute effort.

The teenager started in the final three games of the season for the side at second row and returns to the Red V looking to add to that tally.

"I think the excitement levels around Tayla are piquing for everyone, we're really interested in how she's going to go," Soward said.

"After a long layoff and that injury, I think that, for her, being around that team environment and just training is going to be the start of hopefully a long career. We're looking forward to seeing her around training with the team. I think she's going to make a big impact on and off the field for our club."

Curtis was forced to sit out the entire 2023 NRLW campaign with an ACL rupture but is set to be available for the start of the new season.

A skilled back rower, Curtis joined the club earlier this year after a successful Tarsha Gale Cup career with the Sharks and will aim to push for an NRLW debut in 2024.

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