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Dolphins set sights on young Dragon amid “concerns” over slow recruitment


The Dolphins are rapidly approaching their inaugural pre-season but there is internal panic over their recruiting according to The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio.

The Dolphins have slowly announced signings throughout the year yet have failed to land a marquee player with the likes of Kalyn Ponga, Reed Mahoney, Jahrome Hughes and Harry Grant all deciding to recommit to their respective clubs.

Riccio said that the Dolphins had approached the NRL to allow the expansion club to approach players before the November 1 date over concerns that the recruitment would be slow going.

“The recruitment has been slow,” Riccio said to 1170 SEN Breakfast.

“The Dolphins had approached the NRL to try and get a head start on other clubs to try and build this roster.

“They wanted to be able to sign players before November 1 when the rest of the field get a crack at off-contract players.

“That’s an indication to me that the Dolphins were always concerned about this roster build.

“That (request) was denied by the NRL.

“I think they’ll have a struggle in their first year.”

Riccio further stated that the acquisitions of Felise Kaufusi, Euan Aitken and the Bromwich brothers are good players but not outstanding which is what is required.

However, the Dolphins are reportedly in the market to offer St George Illawarra Dragons youngster Junior Amone a “serious” contract offer.

“They are picking up first-graders but I wouldn’t say they are superstars,” he said.

“The Dolphins are circling and Wayne Bennett has been watching Amone for the last 12 months.

“I’d be surprised if the Dolphins don’t make a serious play to try and prize him out of Wollongong.

“Watch this space with one of the best young talents coming out of the Dragons.”

Amone has been offered a contract extension with the Dragons which will see him remain at the club until 2024.

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