Dragons torch coaching ranks

Steve Price will retain the head coaching role of the St George Dragons.
Steve Price will retain the head coaching role of the St George Dragons. PHOTO GETTY IMAGES

THE Dragons have made some significant changes to their coaching structure for next season, following a lacklustre 14th placed finish in 2013.

But, despite being on the end of many fan tirades on social media this year, Steve Price will retain the head coaching role of the first-grade outfit.

"The board determined that it was not appropriate to hold head coach Steve Price singularly responsible for the club's rugby league performance and outcomes, in 2013," the Dragons said in a statement.

Instead, gone is assistant coach Steve Folkes, to be replaced by NSW Cup

Illawarra Cutters coach Paul McGregor, after the completion of an extensive coaching performance review.

McGregor will focus on rebuilding the Dragons' misfiring attack.

The review stated the team's on-field performances were not helped this year because injuries were up 25% from 2012, and there was a lack of depth in key positions.

"With 198 games lost through injury, the sports science department in 2014 has been realigned to certain key priorities," the statement added.

"Additional staff and equipment along with improved software and technology (will be available)."

Club legends Ben Hornby and Dean Young will replace Justin Holbrook as

co-coaches of the National Youth Competition team.

Young's father, Craig, will move on from being the recruitment and high performance director, into an assistant coaching role with the first-grade team, focussing on forwards.

Former Dragons football manager Robert Finch will take on the pathways and development head position.

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