The last eighteen months have been a tough ride for Jack Bird but he has signed a deal that will see him return to the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Most recently at the Brisbane Broncos, Bird was on track to start in the fullback role in 2020.
The pre-season knee injury robbed him of that chance and ruled him out for the season.
With all reports suggesting he is on good money and the Broncos rebuilding of sorts, the decision was made to cut Bird.
That decision prompted his move back to the Dragons, the club his career started at as a junior.
Despite his setbacks, Broncos CEO Paul White praised Bird for his resilence and professionalism.
“Jack is a really good young man who did an honourable job battling through injury when he first arrived with us, then played some fantastic footy in the first half of the 2019 season,” said White.
“He was then hit by a bad knee injury, and again worked incredibly hard to get back into great shape for the start of 2020 before going down with a season-ending injury on the eve of Round 1.”
White also wished Bird all the best moving forward.
“Through all of his misfortune, Jack has always continued to work hard with an aim of getting back to his best, and that should be commended,” continued White.
“The Broncos wish Jack all the best in the future.”
The Dragons are pleased to welcome their Berkeley Eagles junior back into the fold.
“It’s great to see Jack return to the Dragons with him being a local junior as well as his capabilities as a player,” General manager of football Ben Haran said.
“We wanted to ensure that Jack returning to the Dragons was right for us as a club, which is why we exercised due diligence around his well-documented injury troubles.”
As speculation continues over which position he would play, the Dragons are just pleased to have Bird back.
“Jack’s a real competitor with a winning attitude and is a player who attacks the game each and every time he plays,” continued Haren.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him bring that to the Dragons upon his return.”