Photo: NRL (Paul Vaughan has been in great form for the Dragons this year. Credit: Grant Trouville). Vaughan has played every game for the Dragons since joining at the beginning of the year, having played 95 games in the NRL overall.The Italian international’s strong season so far has seen him play for the NRL All Stars and Country Origin, while he remains in contention to play State of Origin for New South Wales in the coming weeks.The 26-year-old said re-signing so soon after joining the Dragons has done wonders for his confidence. “At the start of the season I wanted to start afresh and prove myself all over again. That was one of the biggest things I needed to do,” Vaughan said.”I think I’m halfway to doing that – I just need to keep playing consistent football.”I’ve always said I wanted to stay here for as long as I can so with this deal I won’t be off-contract again until I’m in my 30s.”St George Illawarra Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward said Vaughan’s extension was crucial for future success.”We’ve identified him as a future leader and we’ve also been impressed by the way he’s integrated and interacted with the younger forwards,” Millward said.”Paul has been a tremendous acquisition to the Dragons. By re-signing him, it was a good opportunity to get stability in our forward pack and have that platform there for our halves.”Vaughan’s re-signing is an additional positive for the Dragons following Russell Packer’s decision to take up a four-year deal at the Wests Tigers from next season.Millward said the Dragons’ decision not to match the four-year deal was largely due to the younger players coming through the club’s development pathways. Vaughan’s decision to remain follows the likes of Jack de Belin, Jacob Host, Blake Lawrie, Reece Robson, Luciano Leilua and Tyson Frizell re-signing with the Dragons in recent months.They will be joined by Tariq Sims, Hame Sele, Josh Kerr, Leeson Ah Mau, Cameron McInnes and Joel Thompson at the Dragons beyond the 2017 season.
Chelsea might have already got two transfers in the bag but they’re still ready to dip back into the market once again.Striker Michy Batshuayi has joined in a £32million deal from Marseille, while they have also snatched N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City for £30million.New manager Antonio Conte still has rebuilding to do, though and is looking at defenders and forwards as he attempts to create a title challenging team.But what’s the latest news doing the rounds on possible movement in and out of Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow above to see the latest Chelsea transfer news… Andreas Christensen – The Danish centre-back is currently halfway through a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and has impressed in the Bundesliga with Kicker rating him as one of the best in the division. Following his performances, the German side have tried to land him permanently but Chelsea have knocked back their opening £14.25m. 5 5 5 Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer rumours… – Chelsea have seen bids of £50m and £62.7m turned down by last seasons Champions League winners, after they bought the striker back from Juventus. Even though the huge offers have been dismissed, the Daily Mail believe Antonio Conte is still keen on doing a deal for the 23-year-old. Diego Costa – In better striker news for the Blues, though, they seem set to hold onto their current first choice hitman. Atletico Madrid have been trying to take him back to the club to add another dimension to their forward line but they appear to have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the player. 5 Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – If the Blues do give up on signing Morata, it appears their next target is former Chelsea striker Lukaku. The player was sold to the Toffees two years ago for £28m and now they could have to spend up to £65m to take him back to Stamford Bridge. 5 Victor Lindelof (Benfica) – Renato Sanches took most of the plaudits with the Primeira Liga champions last year but Lindelofs rise through the ranks was also a vital factor in their success as he made 25 appearances in all competitions after finally breaking through aged 22. He can play at centre-back or right-back and Chelsea are tempted to activate his £25m release clause instead of splurging nearly double that on Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.
A PROMISING young sports man swapped soccer for dope-dealing and ended up being caught by detectives, a court has heard.Sean McLaughlin, whose address was given as 41 Ard na Glaise, Kilmacrennan, got hooked on drugs at school, solicitor Kieran Dillon told Letterkenny District Court.The 23-year-old was caught running a cannabis dealing business from premises at 2 Ardglass, Long Lane, Letterkenny after a Garda raid on April 13 last year. Drugs unit officers found €300 worth of cannabis, cash, weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ indicating that he’d recently had €3,000 worth of sales.He was charged with possession of and the dealing of drugs.“He is relieved it has all come out because his life was being wasted in the mire of this activity,” said Mr Dillon.“He started using drugs at school where he was a great sportsman, a very good soccer player, and he lost it all through using cannabis. He entered a nocturnal world.“He used this stuff, passed it on to friends and whilst he had a tick list it wasn’t a very successful business,” said the solicitor.Mr Dillon said however that McLaughlin’s arrest was the catalyst to a change in his life.He was an excellent cook who had applied to join the tourism college.He was also back playing football, raising funds for charity and now leading a normal life again.“He has become himself again,” said Mr Dillon.Judge Paul Kelly agreed that a probation report was needed and adjourned sentence until September 18.PROMISING SPORTS MAN TURNED TO LIFE AS A DRUGS DEALER, COURT HEARS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drug dealerkilmacrennanletterkennyLong LaneSean McLaughlin