The 'gamble' that will make or break Dragons

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Dragons fans were forced to endure much of the aforesaid on-field mediocrity and off-field ungraded that has plagued the nine for years successful the commencement of the Anthony Griffin era.

The present infamous 'barbecue-gate' matter - which culminated successful the Dragons losing their last 8 games, summed up a nine successful situation with mediocre enactment and small warring spirit.

Fans were near scratching their heads astatine changeless excuses - 'The De Belin matter has affected us'… 'Dufty can't tackle'… 'The barbecue incidental outgo us'… but yet the nine finished the twelvemonth with much questions than answers.

To adhd to it all, they present privation to cull NSW Origin guardant and acting skipper Tariq Sims - 1 of the astir respected players successful the crippled - astatine a clip erstwhile their civilization and cognition is being questioned passim the league.

Dragons players respond aft conceding a try. (Getty)

On the affirmative side, their battalion volition person much starch successful 2022, with Jaydn Su'A, Francis Molo and George Burgess each good additions But Griffin is gambling connected a young spine with fullback Tyrell Sloane and Junior Amone alongside Ben Hunt successful a determination that could marque oregon interruption his tenure astatine the club.

Best player: In a play marred by a breached limb and breached leg, Ben Hunt inactive managed 15 games and played immoderate of the champion shot of his career.

Biggest disappointment: Corey Norman seemed an automatic enactment each week - played 22 games and was mediocre successful galore of them - and has present been shown the door, Baffling.

Key signing: If George Burgess tin regain his South Sydney signifier aft large hep surgery, helium could marque the Dragons battalion among the astir feared successful the NRL.

Gains: Jaydn Su'A (Rabbitohs), Francis Molo (Cowboys), Moses Mbye (Tigers), George Burgess (Wigan).

Losses: Cameron McInnes (Sharks), Jordan Pereira (Broncos), Matt Dufty (Bulldogs), Paul Vaughan (Bulldogs), Kaide Ellis (Wigan), Brayden Wiliame (French rugby), Adam Clune (Newcastle).

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