Not to be confused as Rory Brien, talented Dragons junior Rory O’Brien has signed a two and a half year deal with the club, until the end of 2016.
O’Brien, who is a junior from the Hurstville region, was contracted with the Dragons NSW Cup feeder side – the Illawarra Cutters – but good form has seen him rewarded with a full-time contract.
Also a member of the Dragons 2008 Holden Cup side, the 25-year-old was named NSW Country Rugby League Player of the Year last season and was a part of the NSW Country Firsts side that toured South Africa.
As for the new contract he now has, O’Brien was thankful for the opportunity given to him and was quick to thank the club.
â€œI am very happy to have agreed to terms to re-join the Dragons for the next couple of seasons and am very thankful to the Club and my Manager Liam Pride of Insight Sports Management for giving me this opportunity,â€ said Oâ€™Brien.
â€œI am a local junior and always hoped to be able to play NRL for the Dragons one day and I am really determined to make the most of this opportunity to train full-time and give myself every chance to one day earn a place in the first-grade team.â€
Earning a contract is never easy but Dragons coach Paul McGregor said that through hard work and dedication, O’Brien was rewarded and given the contract.
â€œRory is a local junior who previously played within the Clubâ€™s junior grade in his younger days and has since remained playing rugby league within the lllawarra League with Collegians,â€ said McGregor.
â€œThis season he earned a spot with the Illawarra Cutters where he has been a strong performer and the full-time training will enable him to further develop as a player.
â€œHe has a good skillset which will add to the overall playing group at the Dragons and he will be a welcomed addition to our squad.â€