NRL news 2022, St George Illawarra Dragons, Anthony Griffin, coaching contract, Andrew Johns

League legend Andrew Johns has slammed St George Illawarra for the baffling decision to extend manager Anthony Griffin’s contract prematurely.

The Dragons announced a contract extension for Griffin before a ball was kicked this year, despite a lack of competition for the coach’s signature.

After five rounds, they have a win next to their name. The Red V have won one of their last 13 games under Griffin.

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Speaking on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the eighthJohns asked why the Dragons felt the need to add a year to the coach’s contract before the start of the season.

“I have no idea, absolutely no idea why they would extend,” Johns said.

“You should talk to the board members, the people at the club. But from the outside you would say there was someone looking to buy Anthony Griffin? You would say no.

“So I have no idea, I can’t answer you.

“So their decision is purely to prevent people from publicly speculating who is going to be coaching…if that’s why they extended it, they need to read their heads.”

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The Sydney Morning Herald reported last week that the Dragons will have to pay Griffin $475,000 if they fire him mid-season, while Paul Gallen wrote in his column for Wide World of Sports on Monday that he was ” tough” to have your head on the hash block so soon after the Dragons laid them down.

Gallen added that Shane Flanagan, who is on the Dragons staff, would be the ideal replacement if Griffin is chosen.

He is one of the lowest paid head coaches in the NRL.

The Dragons face the Knights on Easter Sunday.

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