Competition - NRL Premiership Round - Round 08 Teams - Newcastle Knights v Manly Sea Eagles - 25th of April 2016 Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, NSW, Photographer - Paul Barkley

Smith calls fulltime at season’s end

Newcastle Knights forward Jeremy Smith has announced he will retire from the NRL at season’s end.

“It has been an amazing ride, and while I will have a bit more time to look back when it is all done, I am proud to have achieved what I have in my career,” Smith said.

“There are a lot of players who have played more games than I have and haven’t had the chance to play in grand finals let alone win one.

“It has certainly been a privilege and honour to play this game.”

Having currently played 201 games, at four different Clubs for two premiership wins, the veteran forward knows the time is right.

“It is important for me to get this out of the way to start putting the pieces in place for life after football,” Smith added.

“It also means I can focus on my final year of football and leaving this Club in the best possible shape that I can.”

Smith made his NRL debut late in season 2004 playing for the Melbourne Storm, where he went on to play 67 games before joining the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2009 (30 games) and then the Sharks in 2011 (42 games).

In 2013, Smith joined the Knights and this season was named joint-captain of the Club. He has represented New Zealand and the NRL All Stars on multiple occasions throughout an illustrious career.

“It would be hard to find a better man playing our game,” coach Nathan Brown said.

“He is just the ultimate clubman.

“I have only coached Jeremy for a short time but it is easy to see why he has been around so many successful teams.”

With many people to thank at the appropriate time, Smith made special mention of those who have played a significant role.

“Thanks to all the coaches and Clubs that have made me the player I am today and to my family and friends who have supported me throughout the ups and downs,” Smith concluded.