Jeremy Smith

He has forged a career based on aggression, tenacity and longevity but the curtain will close at the end of the season for Jeremy Smith, who has made the decision to retire.

The current Newcastle Knights co-captain, leader and veteran has played in 201 NRL games to date across four NRL clubs, winning two premierships in the process.

Smith is just honoured to have played the game and won grand finals throughout his career.

“It has been an amazing ride, and while I will have a bit more time to look back when it is all done, I am proud to have achieved what I have in my career,” Smith said.

“There are a lot of players who have played more games than I have and haven’t had the chance to play in grand finals let alone win one.

“It has certainly been a privilege and honour to play this game.”

With the decision made, Smith can focus on life after footy, whilst concentrating on getting the best possible outcome for the Knights in 2016.

“It is important for me to get this out of the way to start putting the pieces in place for life after football,” Smith added.

“It also means I can focus on my final year of football and leaving this Club in the best possible shape that I can.”

He received glowing praise from Knights coach Nathan Brown, who praised his leadership and the way he carries himself as a player.

“It would be hard to find a better man playing our game,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“He is just the ultimate clubman.

“I have only coached Jeremy for a short time but it is easy to see why he has been around so many successful teams.”

By ricky

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