Dragons, Corey Norman, Tom Amone, Anthony Griffin, Matt Dufty, Tyrell Sloan, Jack Chook

At the beginning of final month Dragons coach Anthony Griffin resisted the urge to name on the membership’s rising expertise with a top-eight spot on the road.

Corey Norman and Matt Dufty had each been informed their providers wouldn’t be required the next yr however Griffin stated he would proceed to pick out the duo in first grade.

“We made some calls over the previous few weeks on what we predict are the most effective pursuits of the long-term way forward for the membership however in the intervening time we’re going flat out making an attempt to win this recreation and get into the play-offs,” he stated on the time.

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That was before Paul Vaughan had his contract torn up and a further 12 players were suspended.

Since then the Dragons have been on a steep decline and five losses in a row along with injuries to Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough have taken their toll.

“Their season is gone,” Fox League’s Cooper Cronk said on Friday night after a 34-16 defeat to Penrith.

“They were game tonight… I thought they played well,” Greg Alexander replied before adding: “You’re not going to do it without Ben Hunt.”

The Dragons enjoyed 21 tackles inside the Penrith red zone inside the opening 15 minutes yet failed to score, instead conceding a try against the run of play.

Now Griffin has been implored to make changes with the club’s season over and that includes embracing the “next generation”.

It comes after Talatau Amone starred off the bench with two linebreak assists, a try assist and a four-pointer of his own in a late statement against Penrith.

Griffin spoke post-game about what the club’s motivations were moving forward without finals in the equation.


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“The motivation is pride… pride in our club… pride individually and in each other,” he said.

“I think we’re showing a lot of that at the moment but not getting the reward.”

If there was anyone showing pride on Friday it was Amone, who restored it and gave Dragons fans a glimpse into the future without Norman next year.

Young fullback Tyrell Sloan also offered that in his few first-grade appearances before being replaced by Jack Bird.

Griffin told reporters on Friday he thought Bird was “really good” in the face of Nathan Cleary’s challenging kicking game but admitted he would “look at” the possibility of recalling Matt Dufty.

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Wendell Sailor though believes Amone, Sloan and Jayden Sullivan have to be part of the club’s plans for the next few weeks if they are to get anything out of the rest of the season.

“Amone is the next generation,” he said on Triple M on Saturday morning.

“He made all of the rep sides, there may be him and Sullivan. What I might say to the Dragons [is] begin utilizing your juniors.

“The younger fullback they didn’t use him – Sloan – they’re saving him for the low season subsequent yr.

“Jack Chook is a superb participant, play him within the centres and Sloane at fullback.

“Sloane did some unbelievable issues in three video games. I do know he had an sad recreation, they’re making an attempt to guard him.

“He’s 19. If the child is sweet sufficient, play him.”

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