Dragons hooker released to take up deal with the Cowboys

Cameron King

Injuries have cruelled him of consistent opportunity and with Mitch Rein making the most of his chance and the likes of Craig Garvey coming through the ranks, something had to give, as the St George Illawarra Dragons today released Cameron King from the final year of his contract.

King will take up a 2-year deal at the North Queensland Cowboys and despite being released early, the hooker enjoyed his time at the Dragons.

“I have really enjoyed my time at the Dragons and am very appreciative that everything the Club and fans have done for me,” said King.

“The Cowboys have given me the chance to play some more regular NRL and an additional year, so I am looking forward to this and am thankful to the Dragons to allow me the chance to take up this opportunity”.

Playing in 17 NRL games since making his debut in 2010, Dragons CEO Peter Doust had nothing but praise for King – with his early release paving the way for Craig Garvey and Damien Cook to make more of an impact.

“Cameron is a talented player who has been a positive contributor to our club both on and off the field and we are thankful for his services to our Club,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.

“The Cowboys have presented him with a good opportunity and we wish him well for the future.

“With Cameron departing we intend to provide an opportunity for players like Craig Garvey and Damien Cook who both made their NRL debut’s this year to battle with Mitch Rein over the off-season for the hooker positions next season”.

For the Cowboys, who have been missing a bit of spark from dummy half since the departure of James Segeyaro last year – they are thrilled to have King on board, a hooker they see as a talented player moving forward.

“We believe Cameron is a young hooker on the rise,” Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr said.

“He wanted an opportunity to play more first grade football and we were looking for someone to strengthen our depth in that position.

“It was an area we had identified as one we needed to improve if we are to continue to develop as a football team.”

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