Dragons finalise Woods, sign two more

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Aaron Woods has left Cronulla and joined local rivals St George Illawarra for the 2022 NRL season.
Camera IconAaron Woods has left Cronulla and joined local rivals St George Illawarra for the 2022 NRL season. Credit: AAP

Aaron Woods' move to St George Illawarra is complete after the Dragons continued their end-of-season NRL acquisition spree with three more signatures.

Former NSW Origin prop Woods will join the Dragons on a one-year deal for 2022, after being let go by Cronulla.

South Sydney centre Tautau Moga and Manly second-rower Jack Gosiewski will also head to the Saints on one-year deals.

Woods' signature comes after he fell out of favour of representative selectors while playing at the Sharks.

However the 30-year-old will add good size and grunt to a pack that also includes the incoming George Burgess after the Dragons lost Paul Vaughan midway through last season.

The Dragons now just have one spot left on the roster, after also picking up Queensland Origin trio Moses Mbye, Francis Molo and Jaydn Su'A, as well as Manly centre Moses Suli.

"We look forward to the arrival of Aaron and Jack, in addition to other key personnel, ahead of the upcoming season," GM of football Ben Haran said.

"They will complement the development of our younger players and add another dimension to our evolving forward pack."

Meanwhile Moga's signing represents another chance for the former teenage prodigy who has battled a long series of injuries since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2012.

He has played just five games of first grade in the past two years, with the COVID-19 enforced cancellation of reserve grade hurting his push to return to NRL.

"Tautau's experiences over the last decade will hold him in good stead as a seasoned member of our outside back ranks," Haran said.

"Tautau hasn't had the easiest rugby league journey but has shown plenty of resilience and fight to be in a position where he will certainly add value to our squad."

Elsewhere, Gold Coast announced that they had secured former Parramatta and Penrith utility Will Smith on a two-year deal.

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