Injuries can often be cruel in rugby league and players often know when it is time to close the curtain. For St George Illawarra Dragons half Michael Witt, that time is now.
Currently out injured with a long-term knee issue, Witt admits that he had been weighing up the decision for quite some time and felt that it was the right one.
â€œIt was decision that I had been weighing up in the back of my mind earlier on this season and I have no regrets after twelve great seasons playing first-grade,â€ said Witt.
â€œTo play in the NRL has always been a dream of mine and Iâ€™ve been privileged enough to have played more games than I could have ever imagined.
â€œOver the next several coming weeks I hope to start sorting out my future and commence the next chapter in my life alongside my family who have supported me throughout my career.â€
With 179 games to his name over 12 years and spread across two continents, Witt has played for multiple sides.
The half has enjoyed stints with the Dragons, the Parramatta Eels, the New Zealand Warriors and Super League teams the Crusaders – now defunct – and the London Broncos.
Having started the season with the Dragons, injuries took their toll and limited Witt to few games.
â€œMy time with the Dragons was unfortunately cut short due to injuries which limited the amount of first-grade games I would have liked to have played,â€ said Witt.
â€œHowever, I have enjoyed every moment this season as a Dragon and take with me some great memories including the honour of having had the opportunity to wear the famous Red V jersey.â€
Having been involved with the club for some time, Dragons head coach Paul McGregor has enjoyed having Witt in the team and has nothing but good wishes for him.
â€œMichael is a terrific individual who has gained valuable experience playing all over the world and he can be very proud of his career,â€ said McGregor.
â€œHe has been more than willing to share this experience with the younger players here at the Dragons and even though he only played a few games, he has been a valuable contributor to our Club throughout the season.
â€œTwelve seasons playing at the top level is a great achievement and his decision to retire is something that would not have come easily but we wish him and his family all the best for the future.â€