After a strong debut showing, St George Illawarra youngster Euan Aitken received the ultimate prize – re-signing with a club he has been involved with for some years now.
The new deal will see Aitken remain at the Dragons until the end of 2017 season and with the way he started his NRL career, Dragons fans will look forward to what he can produce as he gains more experience.
A Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs junior, the local product was last years’ NYC Player of the Year at the club and Aitken could not be happier to commit to the club.
â€œItâ€™s exciting news and I am happy to have the opportunity to continue being at the Dragons having worked my way up previously from their junior grades,â€ said Aitken.
â€œItâ€™s been a tough and challenging pre-season for me following the call-up to train alongside the first-grade squad but it has definitely made me a better player for it.
â€œIt is every playerâ€™s dream to play first-grade and having the chance to do just that over the weekend against the Raiders was a great experience.”
Now that he has the first game under his belt, he aims to play many more, become a better player and work with the coaching staff to improve himself.
â€œMy main focus now is to continue my development under the guidance of Head Coach Paul McGregor and play my part in contributing to the team,” said Aitken.
Aitken becomes the 9th Dragon from the 2014 Preliminary Final side to re-sign at the club.
The club are also pleased to have re-signed him, with club Recruitment Manager Ben Haran saying nothing but positive things about the talented youngster.
â€œEuan is a junior product who has come through our system at an early age having been identified initially by our High Performance Unit staff,â€ said Haran.
â€œHe was invited to train alongside the first-grade squad during the pre-season and impressed in his debut against the Raiders over the weekend.
â€œEuan now holds the record for the most ever metres for the most tackle breaks gained by any St George Illawarra Dragons player on debut.
â€œWe look forward to him continuing his development and see him as having a bright future here at the Club.â€