The amount the Dragons would have to pay out coach Anthony Griffin if his contract was terminated early has been revealed.
And that’s not considered a huge amount for part owners WIN Corportation.
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Griffin is contracted until the end of 2023 after signing a one-year extension just weeks out from this season kicking off.
It’s understood the call to re-sign Griffin, despite the Dragons finishing 11th last year, was made in a bid to put any speculation about his future to bed and ultimately avoid any distractions.
But the Dragons have only won one of their first five games this season and one of their last 13 games, taking in the final games of 2021.
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Last season’s wooden spooners, the Bulldogs, have won two in that same period, while the Tigers — who have relentlessly put under the spotlight — have won three.
At a 31 per cent win rate, Griffin has now slumped to the to the worst coaching record in the history of the St George Illawarra Dragons.
It would be a baffling start to the season for the many pundits that tipped the Dragons to make the top eight after beating the Eels and Rabbitohs in trial games.
Griffin has copped plenty of heat for his selection calls in the last fortnight. He dropped young five-eighth Talatau Amone to the bench and axed rising fullback Tyrell Sloan from the 17 completely.
That decision comes after the club chose to invest in the duo and not offer the likes of Corey Norman and Matt Dufty new deals — or go to market for replacements — while also letting Adam Clune sign with the Knights.
“Insanity,” he said after Round 4.
“Could not believe it. He’s going to be a superstar. I could not believe it. I thought he must have had an injury.
“For me it makes no sense. It makes no sense. They had to win today in my opinion. I could not work that out.”
Meanwhile, Griffin shed some light on that call, revealing it was for his “development.”
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“We will have a look at it, but for Tyrell it is a development for him,” he said in his post match press conference.
“He is learning how to do some things and I don’t want to go into what they are.
“They are coaching things that we are trying to help him with and he is responding really well.
“When the time is right and when his form is right in those areas, like any other player he will get his chance.”