Former coach's candid Paul Vaughan admission

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Former Dragons manager Paul McGregor has opened up astir the property traits of sacked prop Paul Vaughan that mightiness person led to his mediocre judgement successful hosting a BBQ during a COVID lockdown.

Vaughan's Dragons declaration was ripped up aft it was revealed 13 St George Illawarra players broke the NRL's biosecurity protocols and NSW Health orders by having a enactment astatine his home, and past players attempted to cover-up their actions.

The dumbfounding behaviour of Dragons players, with astir 200-game seasoned Vaughan starring the way, angered the NRL, starring them to crockery retired fines totalling implicit $300,000.

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McGregor described Vaughan arsenic a "nice kid", but admitted helium ne'er grew into the relation arsenic a person astatine the club, contempt his awesome playing resume.

"I cognize helium is 29 and helium is simply a elder subordinate due to the fact that helium has played State of Origin and for Australia, but he's a gentle giant," McGregor told Fox Sports.

"He likes to bent astir younger people. He likes to person a bully clip obviously. He doesn't spell extracurricular that.

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"To maine helium is conscionable a precise bully footballer.

"And helium doesn't similar the other work that comes with enactment and helium conscionable goes retired and plays his game.

"Some radical don't [like the other responsibility], it is not for everyone."

Vaughan's sacking has outgo him successful the ballpark of $1 cardinal successful total, though if helium tin find a woody for 2022 that nonaccomplishment volition beryllium reduced.

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McGregor conceded that Vaughan's large declaration should person demanded that helium measurement up.

"Well it tin beryllium if you are getting paid that benignant of wealth (about $800,000-a-season) decidedly that you've got to alteration your ways a small bit," McGregor said.

"But successful saying that you tin lone get paid arsenic overmuch arsenic idiosyncratic wants to wage you.

"I deliberation it [the sacking and fines were] a beardown connection from the committee of St George Illawarra connected what is acceptable and not acceptable moving forward."

Paul Vaughan had his Dragons declaration ripped up (Getty)

Despite his embarrassing autumn from grace, McGregor believes Vaughan volition person nary contented uncovering a occupation elsewhere.

"He'd decidedly get different nine you'd deliberation due to the fact that everyone is valued astatine a definite terms and idiosyncratic volition get a footballer," McGregor said.

"He tin surely play the game.

"He'll get different club, wherever that is I'm not sure."

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