Dragons land luckless Bird on NRL lifeline

Pamela Whaley
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Brisbane have severed ties with Jack Bird with the luckless former NSW Origin star signing a two-year NRL deal with St George Illawarra.

The 25-year-old has spent three years with the Broncos but played only 17 games due to two ACL tears and a sternum injury.

However, he underwent a medical assessment with the Dragons this week who have offered him a lifeline for the next two seasons.

His release from the Broncos eases pressure on the club's salary cap as he was due to earn around $975,000 for next season.

The Broncos will pay a large chunk of that for 2021, which makes his signing a potential bargain for the Dragons.

Should he remain fit, Bird will add strike power to the Dragons' squad as either a centre or backrower.

Before suffering an ACL injury in 2018, Bird was a regular on the representative scene and played five State of Origin games for the Blues as a utility.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Bird, who played with the Dragons in the lower grades before signing with local rivals Cronulla where he made his NRL debut in 2015.

"It's great to see Jack return to the Dragons with him being a local junior as well as his capabilities as a player," said Ben Haran, general manager of football.

"We wanted to ensure that Jack returning to the Dragons was right for us as a club, which is why we exercised due diligence around his well-documented injury troubles.

"Jack's a real competitor with a winning attitude and is a player who attacks the game each and every time he plays.

"We're looking forward to seeing him bring that to the Dragons upon his return."

His addition will cover the loss of either Tyson Frizell (Newcastle) or Euan Aitken (Warriors).