NRL: Former Kiwis winger Jason Nightingale announces retirement

  • 09/08/2018
Jason Nightingale will retire from rugby league at the end of the season.
Jason Nightingale will retire from rugby league at the end of the season. Photo credit: AAP

Former New Zealand international Jason Nightingale has announced his retirement from rugby league, with the 2018 NRL season to be his last.

The 31-year-old confirmed he's hanging up the boots at the end of the season, after 12 years with the St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Nightingale made his NRL debut with the joint-venture club in 2007 and has since played 267 games, scoring 110 tries in the process.  

"It's a very proud and solemn day for me to be announcing the end of the career," Nightingale said.

"I am extremely grateful for everything that the Dragons and the game have done for myself, and what I've been able to achieve.

"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."  

Nightingale has also played 33- tests for the Kiwis and was a part of their 2008 World Cup-winning squad.