Latimore not planning to move clubs again
After his sixth stint with five clubs in 10 years, Jeremy Latimore has finally decided to stay put and doesn't plan to play anywhere else next season if St George Illawarra are unable to accommodate him.
Latimore, who played lower grades at Cronulla before making his NRL debut with Parramatta in 2009, will make his 150th first grade appearance in Saturday night’s Telstra Premiership top-of-the-table clash against Penrith – the club where he spent the longest.
A self-confessed NRL "journeyman", Latimore joined the Warriors for two seasons from 2010, had a previous stint with the Dragons in 2012 before moving to Penrith from 2013-16 and returning to the Sharks last year.
"It's been a lot of hard work to get to the point of where I am now," Latimore said. "I am well travelled, I know every postcode in Sydney and New Zealand and I have met a lot of good people along the way so I can't complain."
Having played at so many clubs, the 31-year-old is regarded as one of the most popular players among his peers in the NRL.
He is also hardworking, intelligent and articulate and has completed a bachelor of business degree at the University of Wollongong.
While he wants to play on beyond this season, Latimore said he was prepared for life after football and wasn't looking to play for another club.
"I am ready to go post-footy, I am going to get into mortgage broking so whatever happens happens," he said. "I am enjoying my footy at the moment so working can wait if I can get another year at the Dragons. I won't look to go anywhere else. I am enjoying my time here."
With Latimore having played off the interchange bench in all 11 matches so far this season, the Dragons are keen to retain him at the club and will evaluate their salary cap and roster positions in coming weeks.
However, St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor said Latimore brought more to the team than just his on-field performances.
"He's a team player, he is a person who goes to different clubs and he leaves with friendships," McGregor said. "There are other people who bounce around clubs because of the opposite.
"He is one that does the right thing everywhere he goes and that is why he always finds a new club. He is back with us now after being here in 2012.
"For me as a coach, he has always got energy, he is always laughing, he is always trying to improve his game, he knows where he is at in his career, he knows he is a squad member and an important one who is an experienced player.
"The most important thing is that the players absolutely adore him, they like having him around."