After 16 years in the top grade Newcastle Knights legend Adam MacDougall has confirmed he will hang up his boots at the end of the 2011 NRL season.
There is little doubt the 36-year-old centre has had one of the most storied careers in recent memory and will be keen to go out on a high, but throughout a career which has had plenty of highs and lows he has remained synonymous with the Knights.
“It probably wont sink in until next year when I see the boys run out, because it’s something I have been doing since I came out of school and I haven’t known anything else but rugby league,” MacDougall said of his upcoming retirement.
“I suppose somewhat I have been in a state of denial because I have been doing it for so long, it’s a little bit surreal, and I think that is the best way to describe it.
“And while it’s surreal I am very excited about the next stage of my life. I am excited and I am very happy with the career I have had.”
Having spent 14 years at the Knights, including his time as a junior, MacDougall also wanted to thank the Newcastle members and fans for the support they have given him over the years.
“You see the passion of the people who support this club and you never forget that. Every week it reminds you of what a privilege it is when you pull on that jersey,” he said.