St George Illawarra have been handed a boost heading into their important clash with Canberra next Friday night, with the club announcing veteran winger Jason Nightingale has signed a one-year contract extension.
Nightingale will play on for a 12th top grade season with the club he made his NRL debut with in 2007. The Renown United junior has gone on to make 237 appearances in the red V, placing him fourth on the club’s all-time appearance list.
The 30-year-old notched his century of career tries in the win over Newcastle at Kogarah last month, with Nightingale’s 101 four-pointers leaving him behind only Matt Cooper and Brett Morris.
Nightingale said he was excited to help the club build towards the finals and possibly win another premiership.
“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,” he 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.
“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.
“It’s very exciting to think of the times we have ahead to build toward some finals and premierships.”
Seventh-placed St George Illawarra need a win against the struggling Raiders at GIO Stadium to keep in touch with the top four but will also be nervously looking over their shoulder as teams start to jostle for finals places heading into the last eight rounds.