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Can new halves pairing Josh McCrone and Anthony Milford spark turn around Canberra's fortunes in the absence of injured playmaker Terry Campese?

The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that Josh McCrone and Kalifa Faifai Loa have both agreed to terms on a two-year contract that will see them join the club from next season until at least the end of 2017.

McCrone, 28, who can play as hooker as well as in the halves, has been released by the Canberra Raiders for the 2016 season and has played 133 NRL games to date.

Faifai Loa, 25, made his first-grade debut for the Dragons in Round 11 of the 2010 season against the Canberra Raiders and played two games for the Club before joining the North Queensland Cowboys the following year.

"Josh is a skilled player who will add valuable experience in the dummy-half position," said Dragons Director of Recruitment and Retention Peter Mulholland.

"He possesses a smart kicking game as well as speed off the mark.

"Kalifa is a versatile player who covers several attacking positions across the backline. He provides excellent speed and is a natural try-scorer."