Nightingale to retire

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  1. OzDragon

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    One of the most well spoken and pleasant players that’s graced the field over the last 20 years or so. Hopefully he continues on in a coaching or administrative capacity within the Dragons.

    Love ya Nighty and your perfectly awkward running style.
     
  2. dragonssamy61

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    To all the people that bag Nighty.
    Done foget it was not jason that keep picking him.
     
  3. The calm one

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    And when they complete offer him a job in junior development. Could not think of better mentor for a child
     
  4. Drag Queen

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    Happy to report I have never bagged him once.
     
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    Jason Nightingale to retire at season's end
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    Thu 9 Aug 2018, 06:30 AM

    St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale has advised the club he'll retire at the completion of the Dragons' 2018 NRL Telstra Premiership campaign.

    The local Renown United junior's illustrious career has spanned 12 seasons, and has included 265 NRL games to date, 33 Tests for New Zealand, the 2012 NRL All Stars as well as the Dragons' 2011 World Club Challenge win.

    He is also the last remaining player from the Dragons' 2010 grand final victory over the Sydney Roosters – where he scored two second half tries.

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    Gypsy celebrating a try during the Dragons' 2010 grand final victory over the Sydney Roosters
    Nightingale's longevity at the Dragons and in the NRL will also see him challenge for equal billing as the most-capped Dragon, Steeler or St George Illawarra player ever in the coming weeks, alongside fellow club legend Ben Hornby (273 games).

    Nightingale was just 15 years old when he first donned the Dragons jumper, playing in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions in 2002-04.

    The man affectionately known as 'Gypsy' made his NRL debut in Round 8, 2007 against the Penrith Panthers at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.

    Scoring a try in the 28-16 win, the 31-year-old has since added a further 109 tries to his NRL career tally; equal-sixth most tries in the history of the Dragons, Steelers and St George Illawarra.

    "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.

    "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.

    Nightingale has remarkably won every single accolade awarded at the Dragons' end-of-year presentation.

    Winning the prestigious Dragons Medal for player of the year in 2011, Nightingale also won the Immortals Trophy (2011), the Geoff Selby Memorial Trophy (2010, 2016), the Community Involvement Award (2012) and the Red V Members Player of the Year (2011, 2013).

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    Jason Nightingale leads the boys out for his 250th game with daughter Chloe earlier this season.
    Nightingale also won the Mark Coyne Trophy for career development in 2014, which has been reflected in his establishment of the Elite Athlete Business School.

    "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," Nightingale said.

    "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.

    "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."

    Dragons Chief Executive Peter Doust congratulated the one-club player on his stellar career.

    "Jason has always represented himself, his family and the Dragons with distinction and has always been committed to supporting the club's visions both off and on the field," Doust said.

    "He is an outstanding role model who typifies the club's values and we have been privileged that he has remained loyal to the Dragons for so long. He signed eight contracts to remain at the Dragons.

    "We are a development club who have always invested and provided opportunities for players in the local area and he epitomises everything we stand for. We couldn't be prouder of what Jason has achieved throughout his career."

    Dragons coach Paul McGregor paid tribute to Nightingale's contribution and commitment to the club.

    "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up and Gyspy typifies that. He's very tough and very committed. If you look at his career, what he's done season after season is quite incredible," McGregor said.

    "He's been fortunate enough along the way to avoid too many injuries and has represented his country with pride every time he's donned the Kiwis jumper.

    "I've known Jason for a very long time so I feel very privileged to have had the honour as a head coach to watch this young man develop into a father, a husband and one of the best clubmen we've had over a long period of time."


    https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2018/08/09/jason-nightingale-to-retire-at-seasons-end/
     
  6. getsmarty

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    Right Time...Nighty will always be remembered as a Dragons legend...those 2 tries in the 2010 G.F still send shivers down my spine. Thanks for the memories Nighty and all the best with whatever you decide to pursue in the future.
     
  7. SaintPauli

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    Congratulations Jason good to read you have done it on your terms. You have achieved a lot to be proud off. Great unique rugby league player for a long period and a selfless player who lead by example and showed his passion for the red v. I hope he has a future input to the Dragons technical side. I also think he has the ability for media work. Very proud all the best.
     
  8. Saint_JimmyG

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    This news will make a lot of so called Dragons’ fans happy, especially those who reckon he’s the sole reason why the right edge is so defensively weak.

    I don’t rejoice in it at all.
     
  9. WoyD4LWoy

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    Gypsy you're a true St.George legend. You represented our mighty beloved club with great distinction both on and off the field! Wishing you the best of luck for the future! D4L
     
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    Thanks nighty..

    Dragons legend.

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  12. OzDragon

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    He would do quite well in a winger mentor/coach role. Dont think he'll be one of those old boys.
     
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  13. Mickthedragon

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    Congrats on a great career.
    This bloke will forever be a legend at the dragons.
     
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    Congratulations Flo on a wonderful career.....youve given it your all for our club....enjoy the next stage of your life mate....well done
     
  15. dragonssamy61

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    Great idea
     
  16. dragonssamy61

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    I know dq
     
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    Needs three tries to overtake Brett Morris as the second highest try scorer for the Dragons, hope he gets them.
     
  18. Forster Dragon

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    A true legend of our great club.Itis time but he has been a credit to all involved in his wonderful career.
     
  19. st penguin

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    I f**king love this picture - it’s sums up everything I felt at the time.

    There was still plenty of time left in the game but you can tell from the looks on everyones faces that it was all over. The dragons defence was never going to let them back in.

    The funny thing is that in real time, he only holds that pose for a split second and isn’t quite so iconic
     
  20. RufusRex

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    only taken an extra 100 games to get there - great finisher ;-)
    Still if he is selected then i hope he gets there and beats it by 10.
     
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