HE survived the axe and Dragons coach Paul McGregor has resisted making wholesale changes following Monday's 22-2 loss to the Bulldogs.
The defeat looked as if it would cost McGregor his job before a hastily convened board meeting on Tuesday ultimately back their coach.
With little time to debrief the loss ahead of Sunday's clash with arch-rivals Cronulla, McGregor only made changes forced by injury in his 21-man squad.
Tyrell Fuiamaono has been recalled in the back row with Origin forward Tariq Sims looking at 4-6 weeks on the sideline due to a wrist injury.
Euan Aitken has also been elevated to the starting centre position after Brayden Wiliame picked up a calf injury against the Dogs.
It sees Matt Dufty, demoted following the club's round three loss to the Warriors, added to the interchange bench with Corey Norman retained at fullback.
It leaves Ben Hunt and Adam Clune in the halves in an otherwise unchanged line-up.
Korbin Sims returns to the extended squad after being dropped last week while Jason Saab, who asked for a release during the week, also features on an extended bench alongside Jacob Host and Jackson Ford.