St George Illawarra Dragons have made a significant move by appointing Dean Young, a club legend, as assistant coach for next season. Young, who was involved with the North Queensland Cowboys as Todd Payten‘s assistant for the past three years, will be returning to the Dragons, a team he has a deep connection with. He previously served as an assistant coach under Paul McGregor in 2020 and even took over as interim coach after McGregor’s departure. Young and incoming head coach Shane Flanagan have a strong relationship, having previously worked together during Flanagan’s brief stint with the Dragons. Flanagan, who faced a suspension from the NRL due to salary cap violations during his time at Cronulla, has been approved to return as an assistant coach. However, he is not eligible to apply for the head coach position at the Dragons following McGregor. This decision presented an opportunity for Young to pursue the head coach role, but the club opted for Anthony Griffin. This move caused Young to leave the club. He was also considered for the head coaching position this time around, but the Dragons ultimately chose Flanagan after Jason Ryles declined the offer. Young expressed disappointment at being overlooked for the head coach role in the past, but he remains committed to the Dragons and focused on his new role as assistant coach. The Dragons are expected to officially announce Young’s return in the coming days. With his extensive experience as a player and his recent coaching experience, Young brings valuable knowledge and insight to the team. Having played for the Dragons from 2003 to 2012 and representing both Australia and NSW, Young’s return will be well-received by fans and players alike.