Hornby to retire

St George skipper Ben Hornby will hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Hornby, who announced his decision to retire at a press conference today, will finish after twelve years with the Dragons.

The 32-year-old was capped by Australia and made three appearances for New South Wales in the Origin series.

“Whilst physically I could probably continue, mentally I have had enough,” said Hornby.

“I feel like I have achieved everything there is to achieve in the game and it is not fair to myself, my team mates or the Club to continue if I can’t commit mentally to the level required to play in the NRL.

Hornby has made 271 appearances for the Dragons – a club record.

“To hold the Club record for the number of first grade games, captain the club to a Premiership, represent and NSW and Australia is definitely not something I ever dreamed would be possible,” said Hornby.

“I love the Dragons and feel very proud and privileged to have led this club and achieved what I have but it is time for me to move on and in particular I am looking forward to being able to spend some more time with my young family.

Dragons coach Steve Price labelled Hornby an “inspiration” to his team mates.

“Ben is a truly inspirational football player, he always puts his body on the line and the club first every week,” said Price.

“Only people within our club truly understand what a special character he is and the wonderful qualities that he possesses.

“He is an outstanding leader and great captain, someone who has been a great support to me throughout this season and replacing him will not be easy, he is the spirit of our football club.”

Hornby, along with fellow retiree Dean Young will both play their final match in a Dragons jersey when they take on the Warriors in Wollongong.

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