The St George Illawarra Dragons had an in depth take a look at Jarryd Hayne till he confronted legal costs final yr. Now they’ve signed Corey Norman, so it’s clear that the Dragons have been after a playmaker to cowl the uncertainty relating to Gareth Widdop persevering with with the membership.
However now they’ve one other playmaker on the books what do they do with Corey Norman?
If Widdop is leaving in 2020 then the Dragons clearly have to play Corey Norman within the Halves, which presumably signifies that Widdop will go to fullback forcing the incumbent Dufty out of that place.
Norman didn’t have a great yr by his requirements in 2018, however he clearly has an attacking spark which may raise the Dragons in 2019. Dufty confirmed nice pace from fullback final yr and for a small participant was in a position to reveal substantial sturdiness over the season.
On the very least, it’s clear that Dragons have nice depth now within the halves, however in addition they have the flexibility to modify and swap gamers from fullback into the halves throughout a sport which ought to give them a depth of attacking choices.
However all this leaves Dufty both taking part in within the ISP, on the wing like ex-Dragons nice slippery Morris or coming off the bench as an impression participant together with his acceleration in opposition to tiring opponents.
Aside from top – or quite lack of it, I fancy Dufty as a winger who can come in-field in the course of the sport to attempt to make a break when the chance arises. Placing Dufty on the bench is for my part – not the popular different.
In any other case, the Dragons are primarily the identical workforce as final yr however one yr wiser and maybe stronger and extra assured, however the sexual assault costs hanging over Dragons ahead De Belin will clearly be a serious distraction in the course of the season, which they tried to keep away from by not hiring Hayne.
With Widdop at present a captain, I’d recommend that the Dragons will give consideration to a twin captaincy this yr with a view to Widdop presumably leaving in 2020.
I anticipate Dragons to make the highest 4 within the NRL this yr, with their forwards being barely stronger and their backs having extra attacking choices with Corey Norman within the halves.