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Tarsha Gale Cup standouts earn NRLW promotions

The Dragons are pleased to announce that Kasey Reh, Charlotte Basham, and Bronte Wilson have inked NRLW deals fresh off their Tarsha Gale Cup Grand Final glory.

Reh, who captained the Steelers to their 24-12 Grand Final victory, joins the NRLW squad on a three-year contract with Wilson and Basham both inking one-year deals.

All three were integral parts of the Steelers' undefeated run to the premiership with Reh being awarded the competition's Player of the Series.

Dragons NRLW head coach Jamie Soward is confident that the trio will play an important role for the side moving forward.

“All three girls came out of that successful Tarsha Gale Cup system and being involved in Lisa Fiaola Cup the year before that,” Soward said.

“Kasey was the Australian Schoolgirls captain last year and is a really great leader within that age group at the moment across Australia. She's a young halfback who can kick, run the ball, and defend.

“I'm really looking forward to her learning underneath the quality halves we've got in Raecene, Tyla, and also Zali. We were very keen to lock her up long-term and have her do her apprenticeship.”

Basham, who made her NRLW debut in the side's Round 9 loss to the Broncos last year, returns to the club looking to add to that tally.

“Charlotte debuted last year under probably unforeseen circumstances but has worked really hard on her body and is just a great person to have around the group,” Soward said.

“She's a hard-running forward who doesn't mind the contact and has earnt her opportunity to come into the NRLW.”

Wilson joins the squad having been granted an age exemption to make her debut.

Under the current rules, players must have turned 18 at least two weeks prior to the season's start to be eligible for selection throughout the year.

Wilson however, who turns 18 until less than a week prior to the Dragons' season opener against the Titans, will be permitted to take the field as a result of the exemption.

“We were lucky enough to get the exemption for Bronte,” Soward said.

“Even though she'll be 18 when we play, we still had to get that exemption which shows that we're looking after our young players - the NRL can see that. She's a big forward who's still new to the game but just has this amazing motor and ability to make defenders miss her. She's a big body which is what we needed.”

Bronte Wilson granted age exemption, promoted to NRLW squad

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