Steve Price is definitely right for Dragons

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    St George Illawarra will officially launch a new season and new era under coach Steve Price this evening.

    Price will take his place in the coaches’ box in what will be a classic master versus apprentice battle, as he lines up against former mentor Wayne Bennett.

    We don’t know much about Steve Price, as he seems to be a quiet, unassuming type of character.

    What we do definitively know is that Steve Price, in many ways, embodies the evolution of St George Illawarra as a joint venture. He is Red V through and through.

    The 34-year-old’s playing career was cut short from knee injuries, so he took to coaching at a young age, starting as a Jersey Flegg assistant in 2002. He came through from junior representative level to become a Premier League and Toyota Cup under-20s coach.

    Although Bennett leaves a massive legacy, Price knows the club intimately and already commands the respect of the players, having coached several of them during his time as mentor of the 2005 grand-final-winning Jersey Flegg outfit.

    Having already built these strong relationships with several of the players, and with the added advantage of having the experience of Ben Hornby, Brett Morris, Ben Creagh and Dean Young around him, the foundation to build a legacy of his own is firmly set in place.

    Many are waiting for the Dragons to fall this year, following the retirement of centre Mark Gasnier and the defections of Bennett, Darius Boyd, and others.

    And yet, as they meet Bennett’s new team tonight, the high expectations this proud club places on itself remain in place.

    The Dragons might have had their crown taken away last year with a 13-12 semi-final loss to Brisbane, but the way they left the competition will no doubt make them a stronger unit for their 2012 campaign.

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    • March 6th 2012 @ 2:12pm
      Charles said | March 6th 2012 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

      When Wayne Bennett first took over the Dragons he had a team that was knocking on the door for a win.
      All they needed was someone with experience and have the faith that they can get the job done
      Last year Wayne Bennett failed to take the Dragons to the next level by not correcting their problems
      Steve Price now has a team at his disposal that has the potential
      Once again they need to fix the problems and readjust, for positions that have been replaced.
      For example;
      He really needs to get the hooker and the halves attacking the line much more than they have been
      Fix the right hand attack and their defence
      Find a better centre than Beau Scott, who is better suited at 2nd row.
      I believe Steve Price has the knowledge, if he has the players support, the Dragons have enough talent and experience to win again!

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