In a year that many St George Illawarra Dragons fans may want to forget, one of their strongest players over the course of the season was Tyson Frizell.
A hard-running back-rower, Frizell’s efforts did not go unnoticed, with the former Welsh international and now NSW Origin representative signing a new 3-year contract extension until the end of 2020.
In total, Frizell has played in 91 NRL games – the majority of those coming for the Dragons. Frizell played 12 NRL games for the Cronulla Sharks.
In the end, it was an easy decision for the Corrimal Cougars junior, who had no desire to leave.
â€œIt was an easy decision for me to make being a local junior and playing for the Club these past four seasons so when the opportunity arose I was more than happy to extend my contract,â€ said Frizell.
â€œI believe that the Club is moving forward and I want to be a part of that so the option to prolong my career here was an easy choice to make.
â€œI grew up supporting the team so extending my stay has capped off a highlight year which has provided me the opportunity to play State of Origin and now represent Australia as part of the Prime Ministerâ€™s XIII.â€
Selected in the PMXIII side for the upcoming clash against Papua New Guinea, the Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward knows how important Frizell is to the side.
â€œTyson is an important member of our squad who we want to build a team around as he is someone we have earmarked as a future leader here at the Club,â€ said Millward.
â€œHe was duly rewarded for his hard work by being selected for NSW in State of Origin and he did not let anyone down by the performances he displayed in that competitive arena.
â€œHe has since been named for the upcoming touring Australia Prime Ministerâ€™s XIII team and we are confident this will lead to even greater things as he establishes himself as one of the upcoming elite players of the game.â€