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Slippery Morris

First Grade
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I thought I would give this guy his own thread.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/3b180172fc0be88fc392bc4d2c8e58e9

Hoops: Shane Flanagan’s $2.7m coup as Dragons land Luciano Leilua in late twist​

THE Dragons have finally landed one of the big-name recruits coach Shane Flanagan has been after all summer with North Queensland Cowboys backrower Luciano Leilua set to link with the Red V effective immediately on a $2.7 million three-year deal.

While St George Illawarra initially baulked at Leilua’s asking price Flanagan has been busy behind-the-scenes and has convinced Dragons management to take on Leilua’s $900,000-a-season asking price.

The Canberra Raiders were also in the picture having been interested in Leilua for the past 12 months but opted to withdraw out of negotiations at the 11th hour when it became clear the backrower was heading back to the club where he made his NRL debut.

One of the primary reasons for Leilua’s return to St George Illawarra was for family reasons to be closer to his father.

The Canberra Raiders were also in the picture having been interested in Leilua for the past 12 months but opted to withdraw out of negotiations at the 11th hour when it became clear the backrower was returning to the club where he made his NRL debut.

One of the primary reasons for Leilua’s return to St George Illawarra was for family reasons to be closer to his father.

It’s a win for the Dragons because North Queensland have already paid Leilua for four months of this calendar NRL season which means the Red V will only pay a tick over $500,000 for Leilua this season.

Leilua will fly from Townsville to Sydney later this week where he will undergo a full medical examination before the new deal is officially rubber-stamped.

Provided everything goes according to plan Leilua will then be a strong chance of making his debut for St George Illawarra against the Wests Tigers in the NRL’s pre-season challenge in Mudgee on Saturday night.

Dragons coach Flanagan has now done three decent deals over the course of this off-season in the form of Leilua, backrower Raymond Faitala-Mariner and winger Christian Tuipolotou.

Leilua, 27, is a Hurstville United Dragons local junior who debuted for the Red V in 2016 and played 43 NRL matches for the club before joining Wests Tigers at the end of 2019.

A destructive edge back-rower with late footwork and an off-load, Leilua will be stationed on the Dragons left edge alongside five-eighth Kyle Flanagan with Jadyn Su’A to shift to the right side and and be paired with captain Ben Hunt.
 

Dragsters

First Grade
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I thought I would give this guy his own thread.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/3b180172fc0be88fc392bc4d2c8e58e9

Hoops: Shane Flanagan’s $2.7m coup as Dragons land Luciano Leilua in late twist​

THE Dragons have finally landed one of the big-name recruits coach Shane Flanagan has been after all summer with North Queensland Cowboys backrower Luciano Leilua set to link with the Red V effective immediately on a $2.7 million three-year deal.

While St George Illawarra initially baulked at Leilua’s asking price Flanagan has been busy behind-the-scenes and has convinced Dragons management to take on Leilua’s $900,000-a-season asking price.

The Canberra Raiders were also in the picture having been interested in Leilua for the past 12 months but opted to withdraw out of negotiations at the 11th hour when it became clear the backrower was heading back to the club where he made his NRL debut.

One of the primary reasons for Leilua’s return to St George Illawarra was for family reasons to be closer to his father.

The Canberra Raiders were also in the picture having been interested in Leilua for the past 12 months but opted to withdraw out of negotiations at the 11th hour when it became clear the backrower was returning to the club where he made his NRL debut.

One of the primary reasons for Leilua’s return to St George Illawarra was for family reasons to be closer to his father.

It’s a win for the Dragons because North Queensland have already paid Leilua for four months of this calendar NRL season which means the Red V will only pay a tick over $500,000 for Leilua this season.

Leilua will fly from Townsville to Sydney later this week where he will undergo a full medical examination before the new deal is officially rubber-stamped.

Provided everything goes according to plan Leilua will then be a strong chance of making his debut for St George Illawarra against the Wests Tigers in the NRL’s pre-season challenge in Mudgee on Saturday night.

Dragons coach Flanagan has now done three decent deals over the course of this off-season in the form of Leilua, backrower Raymond Faitala-Mariner and winger Christian Tuipolotou.

Leilua, 27, is a Hurstville United Dragons local junior who debuted for the Red V in 2016 and played 43 NRL matches for the club before joining Wests Tigers at the end of 2019.

A destructive edge back-rower with late footwork and an off-load, Leilua will be stationed on the Dragons left edge alongside five-eighth Kyle Flanagan with Jadyn Su’A to shift to the right side and and be paired with captain Ben Hunt.
A tick over 700 a season. Win/win as long as he can deliver!

Welcome home Luch...
 

Slippery Morris

First Grade
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One report from same Journo has it as $2.3mil. Not sure which to believe.....Weird. One is dated yesterday the other with the 2.3 is dated today so best go with that. Unless it was 2.7 including Cows dollars (400k) and now they removed Cows dollars to show as 2.3?

 

Auntie.Gerald

First Grade
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depending what the Cows have paid and if a final small exit door payment

we may have structured the deal to only pay $750k pa in 2025 and 2026 and pre pay some of the total contract in 2024

we have a stack to use this season you would expect?

Cows may have paid $300k already and that leaves max $2.4m for us to even out over 3 seasons.

2024 - $300k Cows $600k us minimum. We might adjust to $900k from us so we pay $150k pa less in the next two
2025 - $750k pa
2026 - $750k pa

that works and is about fair $
 
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Auntie.Gerald

First Grade
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Apparently Cows paid $400k already so he has got his $900k per year.. which is way overs for his effort and impact levels.
2024 Dragons $500k Cows $400k
2025 Dragons $900k
2026 Dragons $900k
as above though in my post we can spread that balance owed the next 3 seasons if Luc agrees
ie front load 2024 if that is where we have a stack of $
or we may have already front loaded 2025 contracted players and have a stack in 2025
 

Mojo

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The really big question is: is he the only guy of Samoan descent ever to be named Luciano?
 

jeffdragon

Bench
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as above though in my post we can spread that balance owed the next 3 seasons if Luc agrees
ie front load 2024 if that is where we have a stack of $
or we may have already front loaded 2025 contracted players and have a stack in 2025
We can goodbye to the Faegai's and
BMM and many more who just don't give much to the team.
 
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