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St George Illawarra backrow forward Corey Payne has today agreed to terms for another two years with the Dragons.
Payne, 21, who has already been with the Dragons for two years, has become an integral part of the NRL squad and his continued involvement is a key to the future plans of the Club. "We have been looking to develop our strength and depth in the second row for some time now and believe Corey is purpose-built for this objective," said Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust. "Corey has a bright future in the game and with our Club both on and off the field," added Doust. "We see him as leadership material and look forward to him making a significant contribution over the next two years, as a minimum". Dragons Coach Nathan Brown echo's the sentiments of Doust, acknowledging not only Payne's playing ability. "Corey is a really talented and skillful player who will only continue to improve," said Brown. "He is the sort of player along side whom other players like to play". Payne chose to stay with the Dragons having enjoyed his time to date and believes he can continue to develop at the Club. "I enjoy the Club and am happy with how I have progressed here," said Payne. "I am grateful for the faith shown in me by Brownie and for the opportunities that I have been given. "I am pleased to be staying and look forward to developing my career further with the Dragons".