Nightingale set to be a Dragon for life

There was much debate as to whether he would stay or go, but now, it seems like Jason Nightingale will stay with the Dragons, and will be offered a life-time deal of 4 years.

The deal is almost completed, and both Nightingale, and the Dragons are pleased that they are close to coming to an agreement to keep him at the club.

The Warriors, amongst other clubs were interested in securing his services for 2012 and beyond, but the allure of the Dragons, and coach Wayne Bennett was a key factor in his decision.

“I am hoping to have it all sorted out this week,” Nightingale said before leaving for the UK to play against Wigan in the World Club Challenge next Monday.

“I believe that my manager is just sorting through the final details of the deal.

“It looks as though it will all be sorted out before I come back to Sydney, which would be terrific.”

Nightingale, who is a St George junior, had no intentions of leaving the club, despite rumours saying that he would do so.

“This is a great club and hopefully I will be able to stay a one-club man,” Nightingale said.

“While I come from New Zealand, I played all my junior football for Renown United and it would be great if I could finish out my career with the Dragons. There was some interest from other clubs, but it is fair to say I never wanted to go anywhere else.”

The re-signing of Nightingale is a boost for the Dragons, as they face a tough task in getting super-coach Wayne Bennett to re-sign with the club.

Nightingale, and his Dragons team-mates have left for the UK for the World Club Challenge, and they know they are in for a tough challenge against a strong Wigan side.

“Melbourne did it last year, but we know we are in for a tough time,” Nightingale said.

“It is difficult going so far for one game on their home turf but our preparation has been good.

“We are treating it as a big game and we will be giving it our all.”

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