James McManus says the Knights are relishing the underdogs tag in season 2015.

Newcastle Knights winger James McManus has announced his NRL retirement due to health reasons.

McManus is proudly a one-club player who made his NRL debut in 2007 and went on to play 166 games for the Knights, scoring 72 tries.

Injury had sidelined the 30-year-old indefinitely this season, before he was medically advised to call fulltime.

"It is obviously a difficult decision but a decision I made for my young family," McManus admits.

"I could never have dreamed that when I moved from the Northern Territory to Newcastle, that I would have got to play one game let alone playing the game I love for ten years.

"I am very privileged to have played my whole career at the one club and I am very honoured to have worn the Newcastle Knights jersey."

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