Secret no more as Warriors centre heads North and signs with the Dragons

Dane Nielsen

The man himself would admit that it was a bit of a turbulent period for him across the Tasman in New Zealand but Dane Nielsen has a chance to find a new home and perform.

He can do so, having signed with the St George Illawarra Dragons on a 2-year deal.

Representing Queensland some years ago and enjoying a quality stint with the Melbourne Storm before his move to the Warriors, he was granted an early release to join the Dragons.

Eager to see what Nielsen can do, Dragons coach Paul McGregor is well aware of Nielsen’s abilities and looks forward to having him in the side.

“An opportunity has arisen to acquire the services of Dane who is eager to meet his new teammates and commence pre-season training,” said Head Coach Paul McGregor.

“He is a Premiership-winning centre who has played representative football for Queensland and will provide great value and experience to our squad.”

As for the Warriors releasing him, it was a mutual decision and allows Nielsen to continue his NRL career with a chance of playing regular first-grade.

“As we did with Feleti and Jayson, we’ve reached a decision to let Dane go so he can continue his career in Australia,” said Vodafone Warriors general manager football Dean Bell.

“This is all part of the process we’re working through as Cappy (McFadden) seeks to reshape the NRL squad the way we believe will best serve the club’s needs.”

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