In what is a huge boost for the St George Illawarra Dragons moving forward, Gareth Widdop has signed a new long-term deal for four years with the club.
The current captain of the club, Widdop joined the Dragons in 2014 and to date, has played in 79 games for the Red V.
On track to become the club’s highest ever point-scorer, Widdop is pleased to have his future sorted and with the decision he has made.
“The Dragons have grown more and more since I’ve arrived. There’s a good environment here and it’s a good place to be so I wanted to play my part in that,” Widdop said.
“At this stage of my career, it certainly was a big decision for my family. I have three young kids, I’m very settled here in Wollongong and I’m enjoying my time here.
“So while it was a big decision, I’m happy to be staying.”
A leader on and off the field, Widdop’s stature and influence at the club continues to grow and his contributions were praised by the club’s Director of Rugby League Pathways, Ian Millward.
“We have shown a lot of confidence in Gareth as our long-term leader by offering him a four-year contract,” Millward said.
“We were very conscious of creating stability and consistency in our team and we feel we have achieved that with the re-signing of Gareth.
“Gareth’s our leader and obviously plays in a vital position so we’re over the moon that he has re-signed.”