Captain Widdop re-signs with Dragons


St George Illawarra Dragons captain Gareth Widdop has signed a new four-year deal with the NRL club.

Widdop's renewal will see the England international remain at the Dragons until the end of the 2021 NRL season, it was announced on Saturday.

The 28-year-old - who arrived from Melbourne Storm in 2014 - was attracting plenty of interest before re-signing with the Dragons.

"The Dragons have grown more and more since I've arrived. There's a good environment here and it's a good place to be so I wanted to play my part in that," Widdop told the Dragons' official website.

"At this stage of my career it certainly was a big decision for my family. I have three young kids, I'm very settled here in Wollongong and I'm enjoying my time here.

"So while it was a big decision, I'm happy to be staying."

Since joining the Dragons, Widdop has played 79 games and he became the second-highest pointscorer in the team's history as he looks to surpass Jamie Soward's record of 977 points.

Widdop was also made skipper of the Dragons this season, with St George top of the table.

Dragons director of rugby league pathways Ian Millward said: "We have shown a lot of confidence in Gareth as our long-term leader by offering him a four-year contract.

"We were very conscious of creating stability and consistency in our team and we feel we have achieved that with the re-signing of Gareth.

"Gareth's our leader and obviously plays in a vital position so we're over the moon that he has re-signed."