TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Jason Nightingale of the Dragons waves to the crowd after winning the round 19 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the St George Illawarra Dragons at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale has announced he will retire at the end of the year.

The New Zealand international has played 12 seasons with the joint-venture club and will finish his career as a one-club player.

Nightingale, 31, is the last remnant of the 2010 Premiership side coached by Wayne Bennett.

“It’s a very proud and solemn day for me to be announcing the end of the career. I am extremely grateful for everything that the Dragons and the game has done for myself, and what I’ve been able to achieve,” Nightingale said con the club’s website.

“There are so many people to thank for what’s been a special journey. From Renown United through to the junior reps to now, through the highs and lows and great successes I’ve had, I’m just so thankful for this incredible journey.

“There have been so many great seasons personally. To be recognised for so many different reasons that are celebrated at the Dragons, they all still sit on my mantelpiece very nicely.

“The 2010 grand final win was the highlight for me and my family. There are so many fond memories from that day and the season as a whole. Although now is great time to reflect, there are still plenty of memories to be made this season yet.

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“However I’m also look forward to more family time with my second child on the way. My wife Bianka has sacrificed a lot for my career. She’s been selfless by supporting me throughout my career, while also building one of her own.

“It’ll be good to rearrange my priorities now and put her career first as well as continue to build the Elite Athlete Business School and help fulfil its potential alongside my business partner and the EABS family.”

16 COMMENTS

  1. It’s time for Florence to go, but he has been a club legend. Really slowed down last few years and easily eclipsed by most NRL wingers for speed, metres, defense and reach. It would be devastating if we also lose Nene. While we have Lomax and Peira coming through we need to ensure we have a fast quality big bopper on the wing if Nene leaves. Borrow some of the rorters brown paper bags and get Radradra to play for us LOL.

  2. What a shame. Just when that coaching genius McGregor was morphing this bloke into a back rower. After all this is the same mob that under Price had Matt Prior playing centre.

  3. Jason Nightingale has been a great player for the Dragons over the years, it is such a shame that he can’t go out on a high. The only way that can happen is if Management sack Paul McGregor immediately otherwise Jason’s last four games will end up in defeat. Let’s see how the Dragons go against a Parramatta side that is running last in the competition. If the Dragons can’t beat Parramatta convincingly that should be curtains for McGregor who just has no idea how to coach a football side to success.

  4. A club legend who has achieved everything that he dreamt of.
    A bit more than some of the keyboard warriors that only dream with their hand on it.

    Well done Jason on your career, thanks for the memories and I hope the team can find the form needed to send you out with a second ring.
    Cheers

    • Well said !!!
      To everyone else that is hating on Mary, team selection and the like leave that off this particular report.
      Gypsy has been a great servant to the club and the game. An unlikely cult hero who despite not looking the prettiest.., was always hard to tackle and never let anyone down. Probably deserved the Clive Churchill medal in 2010 as well. Thanks for the good times gypsy. Hope you can go out on some kind of high !

  5. Disgraceful, Disgraceful, Disgraceful……Paul McGregor has to go. I have never been so ashamed to be a Dragons supporter, being humiliated by a Parramatta side coming last. What else can I say.
    Bye Bye McGregor….just resign on Monday morning to save yourself from anymore embarrassment…

    • Lighten up buddy. It’s really no huge shock. It’s a repeated cycle every year and everybody except the dragons fans saw it coming.

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