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Gentle, Elliott to serve as Griffin's assistants at Dragons

Anthony Griffin will have plenty of experience by his side at St George Illawarra next year after the club announced Matthew Elliott and Peter Gentle would be joining the coaching staff as assistants.

The Dragons have finalised their new football department structure with Gentle, who served as interim Broncos coach in the closing rounds of this season, and Elliott, a former Raiders, Panthers and Warriors mentor, the key additions.

Gentle has more than 15 years of experience having previously acted as head coach of Hull FC (2012-13) as well as an assistant at the Sharks, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Elliott has 16 seasons of head coaching experience alone having last coached the Warriors in 2014 after stints at the Bradford Bulls, Canberra and Penrith.

It is a homecoming of sorts for each new assistant - Elliott and Gentle played first grade for St George prior to the merger with the Steelers in 1999.

Tony Guilfoyle will join the Dragons as physical performance manager having previously filled similar roles at the Panthers and Broncos.

Dan Lawson moves into the medical performance manager role with Elliot Jackson and Cody Parsons also new additions to the club in strength and conditioning and sports science respectively. Physiotherapist Davis Theobald will remain at the club.

Matthew Elliott during his stint with the Panthers in 2010.
Matthew Elliott during his stint with the Panthers in 2010. ©NRL Photos

Mat Head and Shaun Timmins will oversee the junior representative pathways and recruitment following the introduction of the Dragons Academy. Head and Timmins will also act as pathways coach and pathways performance manager respectively. Ian Millward remains at the club under a new title, NRL recruitment manager.

Ben Haran has formally stepped into the role as general manager of football and will oversee the impending structural and personnel changes.

Paul McGregor resigned as Dragons coach late in the season before Dean Young filled the role in an interim capacity before opting to link with North Queensland as an assistant next year after Griffin won the race for the head coach's role.

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