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The Dragons will have no choice but to sack Anthony Griffin at the end of the season if he continues to slide down the pecking order.

That’s the opinion of veteran rugby league reporter Brent Read, who labeled the club’s past two performances on NRL 360 as “disgusting”.

St George Illawarra have suffered heavy losses to the Roosters and Broncos and have conceded 86 points and now sit in 11th place with seven rounds to go.

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The players are fuming over Griffin’s praise for the Queensland trio of Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough and Josh McGuire.

James Hooper reports that due to his close relationship with Griffin, McGuire was internally nicknamed “The Picker”.

The club’s board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday and Griffin’s future will be discussed.

Read believes the results are more troubling than the rumors surrounding the team’s selection.

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“It’s more about how you go on the pitch than the whispers in the dressing room,” Read said.

“The way they played the last two weeks – it was disgusting. They were terrible and the club have no choice if they play like this.

“If they continue the way they are, they will have no choice but to get rid of him.

“They’re not a top eight team but you have to be better than that, you have to set up better than the last two weeks.

“They played a Brisbane reserve grade team and lost by 20.”

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There are Dragons board members pushing for the return of club favorite Dean Young, who is currently an assistant coach under Todd Payne at the Cowboys.

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