Dragons part ways with assistants as finals battle looms

St George Illawarra have parted ways with their two assistant coaches for next year as the club looks to improve on what has so far been a mediocre season.

The Herald can reveal Dragons coach Anthony Griffin yesterday informed assistants Peter Gentle and Mathew Head that their services would not be required next year.

Head and Gentle will remain as assistant coaches for the remainder of the year.

The Dragons decided it was both in the club’s and the pair’s best interest to signal their intentions to allow for planning for 2023.

When contacted by the Herald on Wednesday, Dragons CEO Ryan Webb confirmed that Gentle and Head were informed of the decision on Tuesday.

“We’re looking for the right structures supporting our coach in 2023,” Webb said.

The Dragons have had a mediocre 2022 campaign to date.Credit:Getty

While pressure has been on Griffin, the club is sticking by the coach for now and trying to put in systems and support around him to ensure the club becomes a regular finals contender.

The Dragons insist they don’t have replacements lined up and will begin their search in the coming weeks.

Head is responsible for the team’s attack, while Gentle has been looking after defence.

There is plenty of movement in the coaching ranks for next year.

Penrith assistant coach Andrew Webster is on the move as the head coach of the Warriors in 2023. The Panthers could be on the lookout for two assistant coaches with Cameron Ciraldo also in discussions with the Bulldogs, who are on the lookout for a head coach and an assistant following the sacking of Trent Barrett.

The Tigers have brought in Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall to assist Tim Sheens next year, with the club informing Ben Gardiner – who led the team in the controversial loss to the Cowboys on Sunday – his services won’t be required.

It is uncertain what the future holds for Tigers interim coach Brett Kimmorley, with Bulldogs assistant David Furner also on his way to work with Sheens.

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