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Gerard Beale is considering trying to extend his NRL career into another season with his return out of retirement lighting the fuse for the St George Illawarra centre to play on.
Beale has been one of the few success stories at the Dragons over the past two months as they fight to stay in the top eight, scoring four tries in his six matches.
The 31-year-old played his 200th NRL game last weekend, after deciding to retire from the NRL last season to head back to play Queensland Cup for the Brisbane Tigers.
The decision to answer an SOS from the Dragons on a five-month deal meant leaving his young family behind on the Gold Coast, and that will now weigh heavily on any decision of if he plays on.
"Joining the Dragons has definitely ignited my desire and hunger to continue on," Beale said.
"I have a manager that is taking care of what that looks like beyond this year.
"My kids are in primary school, so it was a decision me and my family made to keep them in the routine (and stay living there).
"I was going to travel up and back but the border closed."
Beale still has a one-match ban to serve in the next three weeks for attending Paul Vaughan's barbecue, which he apologised for last week.
The Dragons went part way to strengthening their pack following Vaughan's axing by finalising Jaydn Su'A's three-year deal on Tuesday, however that won't start until 2022.
Prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown will also be with them for another two weeks after signing a brief three-game deal before he returns to the Warriors.
That move is not technically a loan as it could not be approved under NRL rules, after the league deemed last year's loans a one-off due to COVID-19 challenges.
The potential of loans returning in a revamped contracting system remains under review, with Taunoa-Brown backing the idea given he was not getting game time at the Warriors.
"It's something for the NRL to look into," Taunoa-Brown said.
"It definitely gives a bit more opportunity to play some footy and held out clubs that might not have players available.
"You're definitely more determined to play well (at the loan club) so you can ... hopefully get back into the 17 at the Warriors."