Widdop re-signs as halves market shrinks
Next Game: The Season has finished
22 Apr 2017
Gareth Widdop will remain with St George Illawarra until at least the end of the 2021 NRL season.
Another piece of the 2018 NRL halves puzzle has been put into place, with Gareth Widdop re-signing with St George Illawarra until the end of the 2021 season.
The Dragons captain was key a component in next year's jigsaw puzzle, with the Wests Tigers already confirming they were interested in the 28-year-old as a replacement for Parramatta-bound Mitchell Moses.
Widdop was also considered an outside chance to replace Cooper Cronk in Melbourne, having been developed in the Storm's system under coach Craig Bellamy.
But the Dragons confirmed on Saturday morning the England five-eighth would be remaining with the club, alongside incoming halfback Ben Hunt, for at least another four seasons.
"At this stage of my career it certainly was a big decision for my family," Widdop said.
"I have three young kids, I'm very settled here in Wollongong and I'm enjoying my time here,"
"So while it was a big decision, I'm happy to be staying."
Widdop arrived at the Dragons in 2014, but has enjoyed his best season this year as Paul McGregor's side sit top of the ladder.
With Widdop spearheading their attack, the Dragons have already scored 191 points this year, more than half the amount they put together in 2016.
"The Dragons have grown more and more since I've arrived," Widdop said.
"There's a good environment here and it's a good place to be so I wanted to play my part in that."
Widdop, the competition's leading point-scorer this season, has scored six tries, has eight try assists and made eight line-breaks in just seven games - on track for his best season in the NRL.
His signature shrinks the market of off-contract halves for next season.
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Wests Tigers 24|
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