NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: James McManus of the Knights in action during the round 13 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium on June 8, 2014 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Newcastle Knights’ winger James McManus has announced his NRL retirement due to health reasons.

McManus is proudly a one-club player who made his NRL debut in 2007 and went on to play 166 games for the Knights, scoring 72 tries.

Injury had sidelined the 30-year-old indefinitely this season, before he was medically advised to call fulltime.

“It is obviously a difficult decision but a decision I made for my young family,” McManus admits.

“I could never have dreamed that when I moved from the Northern Territory to Newcastle, that I would have got to play one game let alone playing the game I love for ten years.

“I am very privileged to have played my whole career at the one club and I am very honoured to have worn the Newcastle Knights jersey.”



  1. He was an aspiring rep player, who I believe didn’t reach his true potential due to injuries etc.
    Always seemed to be a stand out in his club that struggled at times.
    All the best James.

  2. poor him though. tough and resilient.wont be easy seeing him go but its for the best. his injury brought in Nathan ross and he should be proud of all he has achieved. on ya jamesy

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