Mc­Gre­gor wants an­swers

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT - CHRIS HONNERY

DRAGONS coach Paul Mc­Gre­gor says the club must be held ac­count­able for their poor sea­son and claims Phil Gould could be the answer.

St Ge­orge fin­ished their sea­son with a 26-14 win over the Ti­tans at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium last night to farewell veter­ans Gareth Wid­dop and Jeremy La­ti­more on a pos­i­tive note.

With an im­pend­ing re­view com­ing for the Red V, Mc­Gre­gor ad­mit­ted the club needed to come to terms with their aw­ful sea­son.

Gould has agreed to as­sess the Dragons’ foot­ball op­er­a­tions and will start in­ter­view­ing play­ers and staff on Tues­day.

The Dragons were knocked out of week 2 of last sea­son’s finals but this year wal­low in sec­ond-last spot. Mc­Gre­gor said the off-sea­son would give the club some chance to re­flect and learn from the past sea­son.

“Just to learn from what didn’t work this year and just as a group of men un­der­stand we’ve got to be ac­count­able.

“In life, you get ob­sta­cles in your way and you just have to work through them. This year has just been one af­ter an­other.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the guys hav­ing a break. We’ve got some very good play­ers in this team.”

He said had re­lied on peo­ple for ad­vice but be­lieved an ex­ter­nal re­view was needed to ad­dress the is­sues they faced this sea­son.

“I just feel we needed a full re­view — an ex­ter­nal re­view. That wasn’t only my thought but the club’s thought.

“When teams don’t fin­ish in the top eight and fin­ish in the bot­tom eight, your re­views go a lot deeper.

“Last year we ob­vi­ously had a re­view but that was just in­ter­nally.

“We all thought this one needs to be done ex­ter­nally.”

The pain hasn’t only been down in the Illawarra, with the Ti­tans claim­ing the un­en­vi­able ti­tle of this year’s wooden spoon­ers. In­com­ing coach Justin Hol­brook can’t ar­rive on the Gold Coast soon enough.

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