Shane Flanagan, Dragons rebuild, news, Zac Lomax switch to fullback, Tyrell Sloan, player release, Jayden Sullivan, highlights


Incoming Dragons coach Shane Flanagan has made another shock call in his Red V rebuild, handing star centre Zac Lomax a shot at wearing the No.1 jersey next season.

Lomax, 23, will now reportedly compete with young gun Tyrell Sloan for the fullback spot in 2024 according to The Daily Telegraph.

The impressive centre signed a mammoth six-year contract in 2019, worth a reported $700,000-per-season.

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At the time, Dragons powerbrokers believed Lomax could be the club’s long-term fullback and his contract reflected the expected move.

However, during his 89-game NRL career, Lomax has only started two games at the back and Sloan has since emerged as the club’s first string No.1.

The 21-year-old has proven he has the attacking qualities to compete in first grade, showcasing his dazzling speed to score 14 tries in 30 games.

However, Sloan has also proven inconsistent in defence and needs time to develop in to a regular NRL player.

Meanwhile, young halfback Jayden Sullivan has reportedly requested a release from the final two years of his contract, having toured the Tigers facilities.

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The merger club are reportedly the frontrunner to acquire his services, while the Knights have also reportedly put their name in the hat to sign the talented halfback.

However, Dragons powerbrokers have reportedly made it clear they will not contribute to Sullivan’s $500,000-per-season salary.

With Josh Kerr and Moses Mbye already departing the club and duo Zane Musgrove and Jaiyden Hunt free to leave — the Dragons could clear up significant cap space.

Flanagan could reportedly have around $1 million to sign players for next season and 2025, with his roster rebuild in full swing.

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