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Andrew McCullough retirement: Veteran Dragons hooker hangs up the boots

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Veteran hooker Andrew McCullough has confirmed his retirement from the game after 309 appearances spanning 16 seasons.

The Dragons dummy half said a combination of injury issues and opportunities beyond his playing career were the main factors in the decision.

“I’ve decided to finish up this year,” McCullough told Dragons media.

“I’ve been battling a couple of niggling injuries over the last couple of years that people don’t probably understand or realise but that’s football.

“It was more so transitioning and the opportunities that came for me for the next couple of years that worked against playing.

“I thought I’d jump at the opportunity now while those further opportunities are still there and go from there.”

McCullough started his career with the Broncos back in 2008, going on to make the hooker position his own over 260 games across 13 seasons at Red Hill.

A mid-season move to Newcastle in 2020 didn’t work out, with a hamstring injury ending his time after just eight games for the Knights.

McCullough then headed to the Dragons where he rebounded strongly, featuring 41 times in his two seasons at the club.

The 32-year-old also earned four State of Origin appearances for Queensland during his career.

A selfless, no-nonsense type player, McCullough built his game around strong defence.

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In his absence, new signing Jacob Liddle will likely get first crack at the number nine jersey following his recent switch from the Tigers.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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