Interim leader gets the job full-time as the Red V builds for the future.
Paul McGregor has been give the reins of the St George Illawarra Dragons for the next three years in a show of faith by the club’s board.
After taking over the job from the sacked Steve Price after round 12 of the current NRL season, McGregor took over the role linked to several high-profile coaches including Wayne Bennett.
The former representative player said it was a career highlight to be named to the role full-time.
“It was an absolute honour to play and captain the Dragons and to now be given the opportunity to be the head coach on a full-time basis is an even greater honour,” said McGregor.
“When I first began coaching after retiring from playing, I did this because I felt that I had something to offer and I wanted to share my experience and make players both better players and better people and this will continue to be a guiding principle for me.
“When I took over the role half-way through the year it was definitely in difficult circumstances and despite the concerns that I had at the start of the journey, I have loved every minute of it.
“The response of the players, the challenge and the positive rewards gave me the desire to put my hand up for the role full-time.”