Dragons re-sign Lawrie, Wakeham to Tigers

St George Illawarra prop Blake Lawrie will remain at the joint venture club until at least the end of 2026 after signing a new contract extension.

GEORGE BURGESS. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

St George Illawarra prop Blake Lawrie has signed a three-year contract extension that ties him to the club until at least the end of 2026.

A local junior, Lawrie has played his entire 103-game NRL career with the Dragons and featured in every game last season, usually starting in the front row.

Lawrie memorably scored his first NRL try against Canterbury in round 12 after being one of the most-experienced active players who had yet to cross the line.

The 26-year-old is one of only four players who featured in the Dragons' last finals appearance in 2018 to remain at the club.

Lawrie's re-signing helps bolster a forward pack that lost Tariq Sims, George Burgess, Jack Gosiewski and Josh McGuire at the end of last season.

"We're building something nice this year and there was no other choice in my mind but to stay at the Dragons," Lawrie said in a statement.

"It's a great outcome for myself and my family."

Elsewhere, the Wests Tigers have signed out-of-favour Bulldogs playmaker Brandon Wakeham on a one-year deal.

Wakeham played four games in 2022 as then-coach Trent Barrett experimented with halves combinations but did not feature after round six, with the club settling on Kyle Flanagan as first-choice halfback.

At the Tigers the Fijian international is set to serve as an injury cover for halves Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi after losing Jackson Hastings, Jock Madden and Tyrone Peachey in the off-season.

Meanwhile, South Sydney have secured the services of Tongan utility Siliva Havili until the end of 2025.

Havili showed his versatility for the Rabbitohs slotting in as a middle forward and hooker in their run to last year's preliminary final.