WIN to seal part share in NRL’s Dragons

St George Illawarra are expected to announce WIN Corporation as their new part owner in the coming days after years of on-again, off-again negotiations.

Coach Paul McGregor hailed new owners WIN after they agreed to buy a 50 per cent stake in the NRL joint venture.

As part of the deal, Andrew Gordon, the son of WIN owner Bruce, will take over as the club’s chairman.

Ex-Dragons CEO Brian Johnston will return to his former job, replacing Peter Doust.

“It’s really positive going forward with such a strong organisation as WIN Corp and the Gordon family being big supporters of rugby league,” McGregor told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“The growth there in the business behind the football team will improve, so it’s a positive all round for everyone involved in the club.

“Not too much will change. Brian Johnston coming on board as the new CEO, he’s a very experienced ex-player and businessman and his attitude towards everything is really good to be around.

“It’s all systems go for us because everything is all about winning with WIN.”

Doust, who earlier in the year announced his plans to retire at season’s end, has been a lightning rod for criticism during recent years with “Oust Doust” banners a frequent sign on the hill at Dragons games.

As part of the deal, the Dragons’ $6 million loan to the NRL will be repaid.

WIN will take over the Illawarra Steelers’ share of the club and will have three seats on the board, however, it is not expected to result in a change in the club’s name or brand.

Games will continue to be played in Wollongong at WIN Stadium and Kogarah’s Jubilee Oval.

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