Dragon’s young gun Tyrell Sloan will not be released from the club “come what happens”, despite the fullback reportedly no longer wishing to play under coach Anthony Griffin.
Sloan started this season with high hopes, but only played eight games and half of those were from round 20.
The 20-year-old is unwilling to be behind Cody Ramsey in the pecking order and a number of rival clubs are keeping an eye on the situation.
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Sloan has grown frustrated with Griffin and thinks he will get more minutes elsewhere, said veteran journalist Dave Riccio.
“The most pressing situation for the St George Illawarra Dragons is a possible release for Tyrell Sloan, their young fullback, who is agitating for a release,” Riccio told NRL 360.
“I understand that this has not been requested before. I can tell you that I believe that will be rejected no matter what.”
NRL 360 presenter Braith Anasta asked why Sloan wants to leave the club.
“Because he doesn’t want to play under Anthony Griffin. He doesn’t believe he’s going to get the right path and that he has a future there,” Riccio said.
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“I believe St George Illawarra management, as we have already seen, have not received any clarity from Saints about what they are doing in 2024.
“Everything we know is about next year and I’m afraid they’re taking the path of the Michael Maguire situation we saw with the Wests Tigers where they’re doing the big dance of giving the coach so many weeks and laps to get to the while ultimately only creating uncertainty and guesswork about players’ futures.
“Sloan is not the only player wondering where he will go after 2023, and I think the Saints have a decision to make.”
NRL 360 presenter Paul Kent said Sloan should give it a go at the Dragons, while Riccio also revealed the club doesn’t have the money for Titans star David Fifita.
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“What about going out and having a crack?” said Kent.
“The coach chooses the best player. Anthony Griffin does not leave a better player in the reserve rank.
“Unfortunately, as the game goes these days, the coach is constantly trying to prove himself to the players. Players no longer have to prove themselves to the coach, players get the shit and say ‘you know what I’m out of here’.”
Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins are reportedly lurking to sign Sloan, with Jamayne Isaako as their current option to play as a fullback.
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