St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale will wear a commemorative jersey as part of the celebrations for his 250th NRL game.
Nightingale will wear a specially-designed No. 5 on his Dragons jumper that includes his signature and '250' against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah this Friday night.
The Renown United junior was presented the jersey by CEO Peter Doust on Thursday morning during a special Dragons tribute that included his teammates and family prior to the captain's run.
"I'm very excited to have my signature inside the number. It hasn't been done in the NRL before, and the club is great at recognising these milestones," Nightingale said.
"For me to be able to wear a jumper that has my signature in the number, I'm really grateful for the opportunity.
"It's such a great honour to have been able to grow up in this area as well as play for the Dragons' junior reps and my junior club Renown United.
"I grew up in a community that was supported so well by the Dragons. To have been able to immerse myself in the community and see how much it means to people means a lot to me.
"To have been able to play 250 top grade games for this great club is something I never thought I'd do but also something I feel very grateful to have achieved."
Only 100 of Nightingale's 250th customised jersey numbers will be available to buy (for $15) from Saturday at the Dragons team store or online.
St George Illawarra supporters will also be able to bring their jersey to the Dragons team store from 10am on Saturday to have the limited edition No. 5 applied on the spot.
The Dragons have also offered a bundle option (available online only) that will include a St George Illawarra jersey with the 2010 Telstra Premiership winner's milestone No.5 included.
Adults home and alternative jersey bundles are from $175, with ladies home and alternate ($145) and youth home and alternate ($135) jersey bundles also available.
Please note that the number cannot be purchased for personal application. Supporters unable to visit the Dragons team store will need to mail their jerseys for the limited edition No. 5 to be pressed on.
Please call (02 9587 1966) or email the Dragon team store (firstname.lastname@example.org) for mailing details.