Talatau Amone re-signs with Dragons until end of 2024

Exciting young playmaker Talatau ‘Junior’ Amone has re-signed with St George Illawarrra for a further year, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2024.

The 20-year-old local junior has progressed into the NRL side on a consistent basis this year, producing 11 try assists in 20 appearances.

Amone also made his Test debut for Tonga in the mid-year clash with New Zealand, and is likely to feature in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.

Already contracted for next season, Amone has knocked back advances from the Dolphins to extend his stay by a further year. 

“I am very proud to remain at the Dragons,” he said.

“It’s my home club and my family and I are very grateful for the opportunity. 

“To see that the club believes in me to extend my time at the club definitely fills me with a lot of faith.

“I’m looking forward to repaying the Dragons back with good, consistent footy.”

Amone came through the Illawarra system, winning an SG Ball premiership alongside both Tyrell Sloan and Jayden Sullivan, as well as both Feagai twins. 

And while his two close mates are yet to establish themselves at NRL level, the future is certainly bright for the Red V with those young men at the club. 

Dragons head of football Ben Haran believes Amone has plenty of room to improve, despite impressing in his early career in the top grade. 

“While Talatau has demonstrated himself as a competent NRL player over the past 18 months, there is significant scope for further improvement over the coming two seasons,” he said.

“Red V members, partners and fans, like everyone at the club, should be very excited to see Talatau continue his development in such a vital position at the Dragons.”

The news of Amone’s extension comes just days after halfback and captain Ben Hunt dropped a big hint on his playing future.

Contracted until the end of 2023, Hunt has been linked with a move home to Queensland, but is tipped to re-sign with the Red V in the coming weeks. 

With both Hunt and Amone playing the majority of this year in the halves, it appears as though the Dragons are looking to go all-in on the duo, which could see the aforementioned Sullivan permanently move into the hooker or utility role in the coming years. 

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