St George Illawarra have announced Elsie Albert, Teagan Berry, Jaime Chapman and Talei Holmes will return to the Dragons for the 2021 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership period.

The quartet’s re-signing is the Dragons’ 1st NRLW participant announcement because the NRL confirmed the competitors will now start in Oct.

Papua New Guinea captain Albert, utility again Chapman and again-rower Holmes played every single match for the Pink V in 2020 even though Illawarra Steelers Tarsha Gale Cup captain Berry accomplished her NRLW debut last period.

Dragons NRLW mentor Mat Head applauded Albert, Berry, Chapman and Holmes for their loyalty to the Crimson V.

“When deciding our squad for the upcoming marketing campaign we preferred to make guaranteed we re-signed the right gamers from last season, these who required to don our jersey,” Head reported.

“All 4 gamers maintain the club and the jersey near to their hearts and we preferred to repay the favour. They will play a large aspect in in which we’re heading in the long run and we are psyched to have them back again.

“To have Elsie from the begin of pre-year as opposed to past calendar year will only advantage her and the club. She’s a powerful participant and an global who will be a huge asset to our club.

“Talei has a significant future at the Dragons and I can see consultant football in the not-so-distant long run. She’s little in stature but puts her system on the line and is an important retention for the club.

“Jaime is a participant who will bring pleasure to the Dragons. Her flexibility is a bonus and although we don’t know where she’ll participate in she will unquestionably have a place in our backline which she will personal.

“Teagan is just one of our locals and is a significant signing supplied her development by way of the club’s junior pathways. She’s a participant with a great deal of speed who will only go from strength to strength following her NRLW debut very last 12 months.”

Berry will never be the only Illawarra Steelers’ 2021 insignificant-premiership-successful player to make the leap to the initial grade squad following affirmation that centre Keele Browne and back again-rower Chantel Tugaga have also signed contracts with the Dragons.

Browne and Tugaga were being inaugural members of the Dragons Woman Academy and represented the New South Wales Less than-19s Origin team alongside Berry and Chapman in June.

Head hailed the club’s determination to its junior representative pathways and the early advantages of the a short while ago released academy.

“Keele and Chantel are an case in point of the early results of our female Dragons Academy. The 1 matter about our pathways is we’re able to instil in them what it usually means to be a Dragon though we assist them with sections of the game they require increasing,” Head said.

“I can see both equally of these girls generating their NRLW debuts this time if they continue to set in the perform at teaching. They have hit the floor working by now and both equally have huge futures ahead of them.”

The Dragons have designed 11 NRLW player announcements to date and will announce the remainder of the 2021 squad in excess of the coming weeks.

St George Illawarra’s NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership squad (so much):

  • Elsie Albert
  • Kezie Applications
  • Shaylee Bent
  • Teagan Berry
  • Keele Browne
  • Jaime Chapman
  • Keeley Davis
  • Quincy Dodd
  • Talei Holmes
  • Chantel Tugaga
  • Holli Wheeler