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Gold Coast have added representative stars Shaniah Power, Brianna Clark and Jasmine Peters to their squad for the 2021 season.

Power and Clark played for the Warriors last year before both were selected in the Maroons extended squad for women's Ampol State of Origin this season. 

Peters is an Indigenous All Stars representative who performed strongly for the Queensland under 19s at the National Championships this year.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have re-signed PNG captain Elsie Albert, Steelers Tarsha Gale Cup captain Teagan Berry, utility back Jaime Chapman and back-rower Talei Holmes for the upcoming NRLW season.

"All four players hold the club and the jersey close to their hearts and we wanted to repay the favour. They will play a big part in where we're going in the future and we're excited to have them back," said Dragons coach Mat Head.

"To have Elsie from the start of pre-season unlike last year will only benefit her and the club. She's a powerful player and an international who will be a huge asset to our club."

The Dragons also announced the signing of NSW under-19 Origin reps Keele Browne and Chantel Tugaga, who were inaugural members of the Dragons Female Academy.

Those six players join the club's five marquee players -  Kezie AppsKeeley Davis, 2020 player of the year Shaylee Bent, Holli Wheeler and NSW representative Quincy Dodd, who joins the club from the Roosters. 

At the Broncos, the defending champions have added another five signings ahead of their title defence with a returning premiership winner joining veteran Lavinia Gould and three rookies in the star-studded squad.

Former rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Amy Turner returns to the Broncos after taking 12 months off following the birth of her daughter.

She'll join Gould and rookies Sara Sautia, Toni Hunt and Lesa Kaleti Mataafa, who joins the NRLW for the first time after playing for the Queensland Reds in the Super W.

NRL Telstra Women's Premiership 

The NRL Telstra Women's Premiership kicks off in October and will be played as a standalone competition for the first time in its history.

Changes to recruitment and retention for the 2021 season have been confirmed with a talent equalisation method implemented. 

Three new NRLW clubs - Parramatta, Gold Coast and Newcastle - join foundation clubs the Broncos, Dragons and Roosters in 2021. 

Under a marquee and points cap system, players across the game have been allocated into eight different categories.

A player's highest level of representation will be counted to the overall figure only.

The maximum number of points a club can accrue is 130 per squad of 24 players.

Match Highlights: Maroons v Blues

The breakdown is:

  • 10 points - A player who was offered a "Tier A" central contract for the 2021 NRLW season - a maximum of four players at each club only;
  • 9 points - A player who was selected and participated in the 2020 Women's State of Origin;
  • 8 points - A player who was selected and participated in the 2019 Women’s State of Origin; OR
  • 8 points - A player who was selected to represent and participated in the respective Test between a Tier One country against a Tier One country in the 2019 calendar year;
  • 6 points - A player who was selected and participated in the 2018 Women’s State of Origin; OR
  • 6 points - A player who was selected to represent and participated in the respective Test for a Tier One country in the 2018 calendar year;
  • 4 points - A player who was selected to represent and participated in the 2021 All Stars match; OR
  • 4 points - A player who participated in the 2020 NRLW Premiership;
  • 3 points - A player who was selected to represent and participated in the 2020 All Stars match; OR
  • 3 points - A player who participated in the 2019 NRLW Premiership; OR
  • 3 points - A player who was selected to represent a Tier Two country in the 2019 calendar year;
  • 2 points - A player who was selected to represent and participated in the 2019 All Stars match; OR
  • 2 points - A player who was selected to represent the Prime Minister’s XIII in 2018 or 2019;
  • 1 point - All other players who do not fit any of the above criteria.

NRL Telstra Women's Premiership squads

Brisbane Broncos

Gains: Amy Turner, Sara Sautia, Toni Hunt, Lesa Kaleti Mataafa.

Re-signed: Tarryn Aiken, Millie Boyle, Ali Brigginshaw, Lauren Brown, Shenae Ciesiolka, Lavinia Gould, Amber Hall, Tallisha Harden, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Julia Robinson, Tamika Upton.

Losses: Chante Temara (Roosters), Shannon Mato (Titans).

Unsigned: Tyler Birch, Annette Brander, Zara Canfield, Jessika Elliston, Jayme Fressard, Raecene McGregor, Nakita Sao, Romy Teitzel, Meg Ward. 

Talking point: How many premiership-winning players can the Broncos keep this campaign with rival clubs on the lookout for talent? The club is also set to be without Raecene McGregor, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in April, while Annette Brander, Jess Elliston and Meg Ward have also gone under the knife in recent months. 

Karina Brown joins the Titans

Gold Coast Titans

Gains: Karina Brown (Warriors), Brianna Clark (Warriors), Tazmin Gray (Warriors), Georgia Hale (Warriors), Crystal Tamarua (Warriors), Shannon Mato (Broncos), Brittany Breayley-Nati, Jasmine Peters, Shaniah Power (Warriors), Destiny Brill, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, Karli Hansen.

Talking point: Jamie Feeney joins the Titans as coach and will look to assemble a squad that boasts plenty of experience and youth, particularly from the local region. The club's first five signings give them a balance in the pack but they'll need to find suitable halves. 

Newcastle Knights

Gains: Caitlan Johnston, Kyra Simon.

Talking point: Can the Knights build a competitive squad in a limited time? From all reports, the club has struggled to attract players immediately compared to others in the game. However, the NRL remains confident some star power will pull on the red and blue. At least eight players are expected to join the club from New Zealand's talent pool in a major boost.

Match Highlights: Maroons v Blues Under 19s

Parramatta Eels

Gains: Kennedy Cherrington (Roosters), Filomina Hanisi (Roosters), Rikeya Horne (Dragons), Nita Maynard (Roosters), Tiana Penitani (Dragons), Simaima Taufa (Roosters), Botille Vette-Welsh (Roosters), Jamie Anne Wright, Jocephy Daniels, Sereana Naitokatoka, Taina Naividi, Emily Curtain, Katrina May Phippen.

Talking point: How many players from Sydney's west can be lured back to the region? Inaugural Eels coach Dean Widders will be hoping most local players will put their hands up to return to where it all started. 

St George Illawarra Dragons

Gains: Quincy Dodd (Roosters), Holli Wheeler, Keele Brown, Chantel Tugaga.

Re-signed: Kezie Apps, Shaylee Bent, Keeley Davis, Elsie Albert, Teagan Berry, Jaime Chapman, Talei Holmes.

Losses: Sam Bremner (pregnancy), Steph Hancock (retired), Rikeya Horne (Eels), Tiana Penitani (Eels), Isabelle Kelly (Roosters), Jessica Sergis (Roosters).

Unsigned: Jade Etherden, Aaliyah Fasavalu-Fa'amausili, Ellie Johnston, Mahalia Murphy, Georgia Page, Christine Pauli, Maddie Studdon, Shakiah Tungai, Maddison Weatherall.

Talking point: What sort of squad can incoming coach Mat Head assemble after the departure of Daniel Lacey last year? The introduction of the Dragons academy is set to help usher through the club's next generation of players but the loss of star power will be a concern for the side.

Apps collects Brown with a beauty

Sydney Roosters

Gains: Isabelle Kelly (Dragons), Jessica Sergis (Dragons), Chante Temara (Broncos), Shawden Burton, Olivia Higgins, Olivia Kernick, Mya Hill-Moana, Roxette Murdoch, Tayla Predebon, Otesa Pule, Leianne Tufuga.

Re-signed: Corban Baxter, Hannah Southwell, Zahara Temara, Yasmin Meakes, Jocelyn Kelleher, Brydie Parker, Sarah Togatuki, Keilee Joseph.

Losses: Kennedy Cherrington (Eels), Quincy Dodd (Dragons), Filomina Hanisi (Eels), Taleena Simon (retired), Simaima Taufa (Eels), Botille Vette-Welsh (Eels), Nita Maynard (Eels), Shanice Parker (pregnancy).

Unsigned: Charlotte Caslick, Vanessa Foliaki, Grace Hamilton, Melanie Howard, Bobbi Law, Amelia Mafi, Kaitlyn Phillips, Kiana Takairangi.

Talking point: Well-respected coach John Strange steps into the main role after being an assistant to Jamie Feeney last year. Strange has been instrumental in putting together the Central Coast Roosters feeder system and is expected to blood players from the region. 

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