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Dragons statement: Nathan Blacklock

St George Illawarra chief executive Ryan Webb has apologised unreservedly to Nathan Blacklock and any other indigenous player who may have been subjected to racism during their time at the Dragons.

"Racism has no place in society, in rugby league and certainly not at the St George Illawarra Dragons," Webb said.

"Everyone at the club were saddened to read over the weekend that racism played a contributing role in Nathan's departure from the club in the early-2000s, and commend his bravery in speaking out.

"We have come a long way as a club with addressing matters pertinent to not only players of indigenous background but across all cultures.

"We presented our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017 and are currently reviewing the production of our second RAP which is due to be released in November.

"Respect, inclusion and commitment are core keystones of the Dragons as a whole; our RAP is one of a number of resources and programs the club are committed to in our continual efforts to help close the gap.

"With a commitment to reconciliation, the club will continue to uphold these values in taking a stance against racism.

"The club respects the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of our nation, and appreciate the contribution they have and continue to make to our country, our community, to our sport and to the Dragons."