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St George Illawarra Dragons, Chief Executive Officer, Peter Doust, today confirmed that the Club had granted a release to long-serving winger, Nathan Blacklock, effective immediately.
Mr Doust said "I can confirm that Nathan Blacklock has requested a release from his contract with the Dragons as he believes Rugby League does not provide the challenges for him as it has done in the past."
"Nathan has enjoyed his time at the Dragons and appreciates the support he has received from the Club and his teammates."
"Nathan has advised the Club he needs to seek out new challenges and has assured us that he will not be playing for any Club against the Dragons in the future."
"Nathan has asked me to thank all of his fans for their unrivalled support and he recognises that without them he would not be the person he is today."
"Nathan will continue to undertake his outstanding work in schools and the community in the future."
"I believe this is a sad day for both Rugby League and the Dragons as we all remember the excitement that Nathan has brought to the game and its many supporters. However, the Club respects Nathan's personal decisions and we ask all supporters to join in wishing him well for the future".