Former Dragons playmaker and Manly coach Trent Barrett's personal recommendation resulted in St George Illawarra recruiting outside back Brayden Williame in a bid to reignite their NRL premiership hopes next year.
After weeks of speculation, the Dragons announced Williame will move to Wollongong on a two-year deal after a sting with Super League club Catalan.
The Fijian international spent three years in France after stints with Manly and Parramatta.
"Brayden is coming to the Dragons off the back of a great season where he was one of the Super League's best centres," Dragons recruitment manager Ian Millward said.
"We have had dialogue with (former Sea Eagles coach) Trent Barrett about what he saw in Brayden as a player and how he goes about his business. Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar, who was on our staff last year, spoke really highly of Brayden also.
"He's a real threat with the ball in hand."
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