Peter Doust will quit the Dragons.
Peter Doust will quit the Dragons.

Doust steps down as Dragons boss

LONG-time St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust will stand down from his role, ending his near two-decade stint as Dragons boss.

The Dragons are expected to release a statement on Thursday afternoon, confirming Doust's decision to relinquish the top job at season's end.

Doust has been in charge of the Dragons since 2000.
Doust has been in charge of the Dragons since 2000.

Doust has been chief executive of the Dragons since midway through 2000. He is the longest-serving boss of any current NRL club, with his contract expiring this year.

It is likely Doust will remain in his role as a board member of St George Illawarra, plus the respective St George Football Club and Leagues Club boards.

The Dragons are in a period of transition as prolonged talks between the club and WIN Corporation regarding a potential buyout remain ongoing.

One of Doust's final jobs will be to oversee the sell-off of the Steelers' share in the joint venture.

No doubt Doust's greatest achievement was luring supercoach Wayne Bennett to the club which culminated in the Dragons' 2010 premiership win - breaking a more than 30-year drought.

His late father Laurie was also a long serving director of St George and played a key role in the club's 11-year premiership run.


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