Nicknamed ‘Gypsy’ or ‘Flossy’ by the St George Illawarra Dragons faithful, fan favourite winger Jason Nightingale has opted to re-sign with the club for a further season.
The 1-year extension will see Nightingale enter his 12th season with the club in 2018 and with 237 NRL games to his name and 101 tries in that time, he looms as the man to break both of those club records.
The Renown United junior has also played in 31 tests for New Zealand and is grateful to have the chance to finish his career as a one-team player.
“It looks like it will be the only Club I will ever play for and I’m very excited to be a part of this great Club for so many years,” Nightingale said.
“I feel very honoured to be able to continue my journey with the Dragons and to have the opportunity to help nurture the future Dragons as we have some great talent coming through the pathways at our Club.
With some talented kids coming through the ranks coupled with a bevvy of experience, Nightingale is hopeful the club can find the balance and achieve further success.
“I’m looking forward to finishing my journey, as they are midway through theirs, and seeing what great things they can provide and what great achievements we can gain as a Club,” added Nightingale.
“It’s very exciting to think of the times we have ahead to build toward some finals and premierships”.
Just as the fans hold him in high regard, Nightingale is also valued by the club and the staff.
“Jason has been outstanding for this Club in every aspect both on and off the field for a long period of time and it is great that he has chosen to sign for a further year,” said Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways, Ian Millward.
“He is one of the most consistent players at our Club, he is a leader who contributes positively every week and we are excited that he has chosen to stay at the Club.”
In the end, Nightingale’s experience also played a big factor in the club’s decision to retain him given the talents the club has coming through the ranks.
“With a lot of younger guys coming into our squad next year, we couldn’t afford to lose Jason’s experience as a senior leader – in the next 12 months he’ll play a crucial part in their development and nurturing,” Millward said.