St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust will step down from his post at season's end, with the Dragons released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming the news.

Doust will step aside after 18 years in the job, making his decision over Christmas before informing the board.

“I have, and will continue, to thoroughly enjoy my time in the role,” Doust said.

“I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to be the CEO of the Dragons and to have had a career in rugby league.

“I made the decision over the holiday break, in consultation with my family, and I wanted to give Brian (Johnston, Dragons chairman) appropriate notice to allow he and the Board, the opportunity to plan for the future.

Doust is the longest-serving boss of any current NRL club with the club stalwart choosing to announce his decision now to allow the club to find the best possible replacement.

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