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The St George Illawarra Dragons have today announced that hooker Mitch Rein has agreed to terms on a three-year contract that will see him remain at the Club until at least the end of 2016.
Rein, a local junior from the Kiama Knights, made his first-grade debut for the Dragons against the Gold Coast Titans in the opening round of the 2011 campaign and has played 48 NRL games to date.
Rein, 23, was selected in the NSW Emerging Blues squad this year and is pleased by the opportunity to continue his development at the Dragons.
“I am a local junior and love the Club,” said Rein.
“I am really happy here and excited to know that I have my future secured here for at least the next three seasons.
“Dragons fans are a very passionate bunch and every time I put the jersey on I try to give it my all for them as well as my coach and team mates.”
Dragons Head Coach Steve Price was similarly happy by the hooker’s decision to remain at the Club.
“Mitch is an important part of this team and I am pleased by his decision to remain at the Club,” said Price
“He is a very talented and hard-working player who you would want in the trenches with and sets a fine example for all the younger players here at the Club.”
Dragons CEO Peter Doust echoed the Coach’s sentiments indicating that this was great news for all Dragons supporters.
“Mitch is a quality player and person who we see as playing a key part in our future and we are very pleased that we have been able to come terms for the next three years,” said Doust.
“Mitch is a great example of the pathway management system that we have in place from grass roots through to NRL level, across our region.
“He is a real inspiration to his team-mates with his work ethic and also to the young players across our region who aspire to one day also play NRL for the Dragons.”