He may only have been at the Dragons for a year but his impact was felt, as veteran Heath L’Estrange has made the decision to retire from the NRL.
A Hills Bulls junior, L’Estrange played in a total of 192 games across the NRL and the Super League, knowing that the time to retire was coming soon.
“I’m so lucky to have played 12 years of professional rugby league and I’ve loved every second of it, if I could play forever I would,” said L’Estrange.
“It’s not the way I wanted to go but I’m doing what’s right for my family and will now look forward to what lies ahead.”
The 30-year old was quick to thank his family for their support throughout his career.
“A special thank you to my beautiful wife for supporting me through thick and thin and travelling across the world with me as well as bringing our little miracle Grace into the world,” said L’Estrange.
“I also want to say thank you to my family for all of their support and being there from the beginning.”
It was back in 2004 when he made his debut with the Sydney Roosters, before going on to enjoy premiership success with Manly in 2008.
Following that, he then moved to Bradford to play for the Bulls, before returning to Australia and enjoying stints with both the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons.
“I’m grateful to have played alongside some absolute legends of the game and made many lifelong friends,” said L’Estrange.
“To all the support staff and coaches I’ve been under, you have made my career what it is today and I’ll be forever thankful.
“I now look forward to the next journey and hope to stay in the game as it is my ultimate passion.”