Former Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is tipped to fill the last vacancy in St George Illawarra & # 39; s new support staff after the NRL club had completed a year-end evaluation.
Paul McGregor will retain the head coaching reins, but his off-field staff have received a shake-up under the sweeping assessment led by Phil Gould after the 15th place of the Dragons in 2019.
Former Newcastle assistant James Shepherd becomes one of McGregor's new delegates, leaving Ben Hornby and Mick Crawley out of season from Kogarah.
The Dragons said they had one place left on their selection of support staff and would make an announcement at a later date.
Former Sharks premiership-winning mentor Flanagan is expected to be officially unveiled as Dragon's assistant next month when his NRL ban expires.
Flanagan was suspended indefinitely in December last year after it was determined that he had broken the terms of his 2014 supplements scandal ban by communicating with Cronulla officials.
But the NRL announced in September that Flanagan would be eligible for registration as an assistant for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
"Everyone at the Dragons was terribly dissatisfied with the club's 2019 season campaign, which resulted in this extensive internal and external evaluation of the club's football department," said Brian Johnston, CEO of Dragons in a statement.
"The Dragons have made significant structural changes to their coaching, performance and medical staff after establishing a lack of experience within the wider group.
"This includes various new personnel agreements with the football department.
"During the assessment, it was noted that more attention should be paid to club culture and leadership.
"By acknowledging this, the club has taken steps in this space to bring more responsibility and discipline to the playing group."
Adrian Jimenez replaces Alex Clarke as strength and conditioning coach and Steve Dean will lead the physics department with Davis Theobald (rehab) and NSW Origin chief physics Dan Lawson (part-time).
Gerard Murphy – who has worked with AFL clubs, the English rugby and league national outfits and the British Olympic team – will help guide "culture and leadership space".
The Dragons have also hired mind and performance coach Matt Griggs, a former professional surfer who will "take" meditation lessons, among other things.