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2005 sees the Dragons reintroduce a Jersey Flegg (under 20 years of age) team, through the combination of the St George and Steelers sides of 2004.
Dragons CEO Peter Doust said the club?s recruitment activities have been aimed at strengthening the top squad and under 20 roster, therefore a number of over 20/Premier League players have been released.
?Of course the requirements of salary cap compliance for our top 25 also necessitated the release of five high profile players namely, Mark Riddell, Brent Kite, Nathan Blacklock, Brett Firman and Lincoln Withers.
?Overall, our priority remains with the development of our local juniors.?
Gains (NRL Squad) Colin Best (Hull, England) Albert Torrens (Manly) Michael Ennis (Knights) Willie Manu (Souths) Lee Te Maari (Norths) Tom Haberecht (Canterbury) Will Tapou (Roosters) Brett Kelly (Balmain) Luke Dalziel-Don (Redcliffe, QLD)
Losses Lee Bennett (Tigers) Nathan Blacklock (Hull, England) Brett Firman (Roosters) David and Michael Howell (Raiders) Brent Kite (Sea Eagles) Willie Leyshon (retired) John Olzard Wycliff Palu (Waratahs) Henry Perenara (Eels) Mark Riddell (Eels) Brett White (Storm) Lincoln Withers (Canberra) Tony Jensen Stacey Katu Lachlan Russell
2005 Dragons NRL Roster ASOTASI Edwin BAILEY Luke BARRETT Trent BEST Colin ENNIS Michael COOPER Matt CREAGH Ben DALZIEL-DON Luke FAUST Sam GASNIER Mark GORRELL Aaron GREENSHIELDS Clint HABERECHT Tom HEAD Mathew HENDERSON Michael HOLDSWORTH Daniel HORNBY Ben KELLY Brett MANU Willie NAIQAMA Wes NORRIE Bryan PAYNE Corey POORE Justin RYLES Jason SIMMONDS Reece SIMS Ashton TE MAARI Lee THOMPSON Lance TIMMINS Shaun TORRENS Albert TAPOU Willie WHEATLEY Aaron YOUNG Dean YOUNGQUEST Nick
2005 U20 Roster BROWN Durrant Junior CLARKE Shaun Narromine CLIMIS Jason Palm Beach Currumbin DAVIDSON Brad Junior DUNNING Jamie Junior FERGUSON Shaun Armidale HENRY Aaron Junior HOUSTON Chris Junior HUNT Dan Junior JAMIESON Dean Cronulla JIMINEZ James Junior KEELAN James Junior KEITH James Junior KNIGHTINGALE Jason Junior LEANO Charlie Junior LEWIS Josh Junior LULIA Lulia Junior McPHAIL Lewis Yeppoon MILLARD Darryl Junior MORRIS Brett Junior MORRIS Josh Junior MORRIS Paul Junior NDAIRA George Junior PERRY Chris Caboolture RASAUBALE Puna Junior RAYS Mitchell Mackay REEVES Peter Kyogle RYAN Beau Junior SABLOWSKI Scott Junior STITT Shannon Clairmont TANNER Jhi Newcastle UAISELE, Etu Tonga WAKELY Peter Junior WEST Brian Brisbane WICKS Danny Grafton WYNN Nathan Cronulla YATRAS Michael Junior