St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier is tipped to drop a bombshell
on the game by announcing his retirement at a noon press conference at
WIN Jubilee Oval.
Gasnier is understood to have been weighing up his
decision during the recent State of Origin campaign and had told friends
he would hang up his boots if the Blues won.
Despite the Blues losing the series and having another
three years to run on his contract, Gasnier feels he has achieved all he
wants to in the game after helping the Dragons to a premiership last
season when he returned from a stint in French rugby union.
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Calling it quits ... Mark Gasnier, pictured here in action for St Geroge against Parramatta last month. Photo: Steve Christo
He and close mate Anthony Minichiello were the only
members of the NSW squad to have played in a winning Origin series and
after regaining his place in the Blues side, the 30-year-old felt that
he was going out on top.
He recently became a father for the first time.
Dragons officials have been aware of Gasnier's plans for
some time and have signed Wests Tigers utility Tim Moltzen, while Chase
Stanley will return from Melbourne to play alongside brother Kyle next
Gasnier is the nephew of Reg Gasnier, and while never
quite reaching the heights of the rugby league Immortal, has had an
outstanding career in his own right.
A line-breaking centre who has also played on the wing
and briefly at five-eighth, Gasnier was generally regarded as the best
player in his position in the middle of the last decade.
Gasnier played 15 Tests for Australia between 2001 and 2008 as well as 12 Origins for the Blues.
He was named Dally M centre of the year in 2005 and 2006. - with AAP
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He will front a press conference with Dragons chief executive Peter Doust at Kogarah Oval at noon today.
Gasnier was contracted until the end of the 2012 season.
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Great career he has, one of the best centres in the modern game, Did it all for NSW and Australia as well. He's still relatively capable of continuing not even reached his 30th birthday yet but well done Gaz on a great career.