Corey Norman joins St George Illawarra Dragons leadership group

It was fitting Corey Norman spent some of his summer holidays in the Lost City Of Petra because that’s how he felt towards the end of last season.

As it dawned on him that he was set to finish yet another campaign in a team that had finished closer to last than first, despite him having made an Origin debut earlier in the year, Norman admits he was no longer enjoying his football.

Corey Norman in action for St George Illawarra in a pre-season trial against Newcastle.Credit:Getty Images

So, after a blunt season review with St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor, the five-eighth packed his bags and headed abroad to Bali, Dubai, Egypt, Jordan – including the prehistoric city of Petra – Turkey and Japan, where he spent Christmas.

As he prepares to play in Saturday’s Charity Shield in a new roving role in the halves, the normally jovial Norman, who is now part of the Red V leadership group, told the Herald how much of a mental drain the game had become.


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