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Nightingale to end career on own terms at Perth Nines

St George Illawarra legend Jason Nightingale will run out for the Dragons one last time at the Perth NRL Nines on February 14 and 15 at HBF Stadium.

Nightingale etched his place as a St George Illawarra fan favourite throughout his 12-year career at the Red V, and is looking forward to one last hurrah as a Dragon.

No stranger to the concept, Nightingale will kit up for his third Nines tournament with the Dragons under coach Paul McGregor.

The now 33-year-old produced the third most games and equal-sixth most tries in the history of the Dragons, Steelers and St George Illawarra throughout his illustrious career.

The man affectionately known as 'Gypsy' will look to end his career on his own terms after a dislocated elbow prevented him from featuring in the Dragons' run to the semi-finals prior to his retirement at the end of 2018.

"It's going to be nice to finish my career on my terms, and not with an injury... although I still have to get through the tournament first," Nightingale laughed.

"I haven't done anything competitive for 18 months so it has been exciting to have a purpose to training and an excuse to hang around footballers again. 

"It's going to be free-flowing affair with a carnival atmosphere and a great opportunity to not only wheel out the old fellas but also to blood some new, young talent. 

"That's why I feel grateful to be a part of this Nines, to receive an opportunity to play with these players who in the coming years will be where they're destined to be in first grade."

The Dragons will formally announce the remainder of their Nines squad in the coming days.