On the back of re-signing both Teagan Berry and Raecene McGregor, the St George Illawarra Dragons have also retained both Ella Koster and Alexis Tauaneai. 

Koster, who is still only 18, was the captain of the Steelers’ Tarsha Gale Cup side and after earning her opportunity, her form saw her rewarded with a new two-year deal.

Required to play numerous positions in 2023, Koster showed her versatility as she took out the award for Best Emerging Talent.

Dragons head coach Jamie Soward in Koster’s ability that he backs her to be a future club captain.

“Ella had such a breakout season and turned into one of the leaders within the group at such a young age,” Soward said.

“Her work ethic and competitive side are what I love. I’m very proud and honoured that she has chosen our club.

“She will be a club captain one day; I have no doubt.”

Also a talented youngster is Tauaneai, who linked with the Dragons prior to the start of the season.

She quickly made a name for herself from Rd 1 to become a key player in the Dragons’ forward pack.

Although her season was cut short due to a hip drop tackle, Soward cannot wait to see her in action over the next few seasons.

“Alexis is such a unique talent that has all the skills to be the best middle in the world,” Soward said.

“She moves with ease and sees the game like she’s been around for years. I’m so excited she has chosen the Dragons to continue her journey in the NRLW.

“I’m proud that her and her family are all a part of the Dragons; we love sharing this experience with them.”

By ricky

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