Creagh to retire due to knee injury


St George Illawarra Dragons captain Ben Creagh has announced he will retire at the end of the NRL season.

Creagh, 31, hurt his knee in round three and has made just three first-grade appearances this season.

He said the injury was behind his decision to call it quits, set to finish with the second most appearances (270) for the Dragons behind Ben Hornby (273).

"I have loved my time playing rugby league for the Dragons but unfortunately my hand has been forced with the knee injury getting worse over the course of this season," Creagh said.

"It has been hard decision to make with my heart willing me on to continue playing first-grade for this great club but deep down I know this is the right decision to make.

"I have been so lucky being a local junior to have represented the Dragons and will retire at the end of the season with a lot of fond memories."

Creagh is a four-time player of the year at the club, while the former Australia and New South Wales representative also won the premiership in 2010.

He said: "I have been so fortunate to accomplish so much with the pinnacle being the 2010 premiership win which was done with a terrific group of players and a lot of hard work and determination.

"I have also had the opportunity to represent both my country and state which is a dream for every young player as well as being entrusted to captain the Dragons these past four seasons which I have done so with great pride and honour."

The Dragons are 11th in the NRL and face the Sydney Roosters in round 24 on Sunday.