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Dragons rookie to shine from BBQ breach

St George Illawarra five-eighth Corey Norman serving a one-game suspension for a COVID breach has opened the door for rookie Jayden Sullivan to return to the NRL which True Blue Jamie Soward believes could end up being a masterstroke.

Speaking on The Short Side for nswrl.com.au, the former Dragons premiership winning No.6 is excited by what Sullivan could bring to the team.

The Dragons are in seventh position but face a tough month ahead with several players still needing to serve suspensions after attending a team BBQ while in lockdown.

“He’s a great kid – I’ve loved working with him this year,” Soward said. “And what he’ll bring is maybe that little bit of out-of-the-box thinking that the Dragons may need with some of their attack.

“Last weekend they failed to get that on at the right time against Manly – they leaked some points.

“But I’m really excited to see this successful junior here. He won the SG Ball title (2019) with the Illawarra Steelers and now he’s back in first grade, back in the NRL, so hopefully he puts his best step forward.”

Sullivan, 19, made his NRL debut at five-eighth in Round 20 last year where he enjoyed a 16-12 win over the Melbourne Storm. He is also a former NSW Under 18s Origin player.

St George Illawarra face the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday afternoon at Cbus Stadium.