NRL St George Illawarra Dragons prop Dan Hunt announces retirement

Knee injuries have seen Dan Hunt retire at age 28, the St George Illawarra Dragons prop unlucky with fitness in his 150-game career.

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St George Illawarra prop Dan Hunt has been forced into early retirement, the 28-year-old's career ended by recurring knee injuries.

Hunt played 150 NRL games for the Dragoons from 2007 to 2014, but was unable to recover after aggravating a knee injury in the pre-season Auckland Nines tournament this year.

In some ways, injuries typified the Sydney-born forward, as he missed out on the Dragons' 2010 premiership after sustaining an Achilles problem midway through that year.

He previously saw a knee injury cut his 2013 campaign short, but Hunt still managed to get to his 150th - and what would be, final - game against the Penrith Panthers in Round 22 last year.

"It is no secret that I have been struggling with injuries throughout my career and unfortunately the injury sustained in pre-season has been career-ending," Hunt said via the Dragons' website.

"It has come to the point where my left knee cannot withstand the strain that comes with playing first-grade on a regular basis.

"It is not a decision or day that any rugby league player looks forward too and it has been a difficult time and decision, but after several extensive discussions with both the club's medical staff as well as various other independent surgeons, this decision is the right one to make for my long-term well-being."

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