St George-Illawarra five-eighth and captain Trent Barrett has put pen to paper with the club until the end of 2008, diffusing speculation about his future and allowing him to focus on the up-coming 2004 NRL Season.
Barrett's contract was due to expire at the end of this year, and there had been intense speculation that he would join National Rugby League rivals the Roosters. There was speculation that Roosters boss Nick Politis was very keen to get Barrett on the books at Bondi.
However, Barrett says the decision to make a long-term commitment to the Dragons was easy. The contract, which will see him continue at the Dragons until the age of 31, and may well be the last contract he signs.