Seeing a local junior depart can be a tough thing to take but Adam Clune will depart the St George Illawarra Dragons at season’s end.
The Dragons have released Clune from the final year of his contract in 2022 to allow him to take up a deal with the Newcastle Knights.
Clune, a local Albion Park/Oak Flats junior in the Shellharbour region, played for the Dragons for 10 years at every possible level.
Grateful for every chance the Dragons gave him, in the end, Clune made a move as it offered better job security.
“I want to thank the Dragons for giving me the opportunities that they have over the past 10 years,” Clune said.
“The chance to shore up my long-term future elsewhere will be one that is out of my comfort zone but a great opportunity to continue my growth as a player and person.
“The club is in safe hands with the quality of young halves coming through the ranks and I’m excited to see how they develop from afar.”
Dragons General Manager of Football Ben Haran thanked Clune for his time at the Dragons and wished him the best.
“There is a lot to admire about Adam but his perseverance to fight for an eventual first-grade debut speaks plenty about the person he is,” Haran said.
“Adam has been an exemplary member of our first-grade squad over the past two seasons and everyone at the Dragons wishes nothing but the best for him and his partner, Bianca.”
As the Knights look to build depth around their talented squad, Head of Recruitment Clint Zammit says Clune’s maturity was an alluring factor.
“Adam is a mature player who will add quality depth to our halves next year,” Zammit said.
“He is a game manager whose experience, attitude, and work ethic will make him a valuable part of our squad.”