Nielsen has signed with the St George-Illawarra Dragons
MACKAY'S Dane Nielsen has signed with the St George-Illawarra Dragons on a two-year contract.
His father, Steve Nielsen, said he believed the move back from the NZ Warriors would be good for his son.
"The move back to Australia gives him the security of a two-year deal and it is also an opportunity to be coached by former centre coach Paul McGregor," he said.
"Most importantly, he will be reunited with his long-term partner who lives in Sydney."
Dragons coach Paul McGregor welcomed Nielsen, who also spent five season with the Melbourne Storm, to the team.
"He is a premiership-winning centre who has played representative football for Queensland and will provide great value and experience to our squad," he said.
McGregor said Nielsen was eager to meet his new team-mates and begin training.
The Mackay product was let go by the Warriors, with coach Andrew McFadden continuing to reshape the squad.
Warriors general manager football Dean Bell said the club reached a decision to let Nielsen go so he could continue his career in Australia.
Nielsen said his son's time at the Auckland-based club was one of mixed results.
"I felt he found it hard to adjust to the Warriors add-lib style compared to the structure under Craig Bellamy at the Storm," he said.
The former State of Origin player will help fill gaps at the Dragons left by a number of players moving clubs in the off-season.
Nielsen said despite his son's mixed success at the Warriors he felt he had left a bit of a legacy.
"Players such as Manu Vatuvei are now much better defensively, along with some of the other young outside backs after having played with him," he said.
The move is sure to be an emotional one for the now former Warrior, having grown up supporting the Dragons.
"He was a fan of players like Anthony Mundine, Paul McGregor and Lance Thompson, now he will get to actually play under McGregor," his father said.