Michael Witt has announced his retirement from the NRL as he recovers from a knee reconstruction.
St. George half-back Michael Witt has today announced his decision to retire from the NRL at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old is currently recovering from a knee reconstruction sustained earlier in the season.
The former Parrmatta, Manly and NZ Warriors player said he had made the decision earlier in the season and was looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
“It 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,” said Witt.
“To play in the NRL has always been a dream of mine and I’ve been privileged enough to have played more games than I could have ever imagined.
“Over 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.”
The Newtown Lions junior also played first grade for the Celtic Crusaders and the London Broncos, before injury limited his appearances for the Dragons to just four.
“My 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,” said Witt.
“However, 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.”
Dragons head coach Paul McGregor congratulated Witt on his twelve-year, 179-game career, and wished him luck for the future.
“Michael is a terrific individual who has gained valuable experience playing all over the world and he can be very proud of his career,” said McGregor.
“He 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.
“Twelve 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.”