Perrett's burning desire for October Satisfaction
A chance to get the wood over his old Roosters side hardly piques interest in Bulldog Sam Perrett, with the veteran winger looking towards one thing – finally winning a grand final.
Losing the 2010 decider 32-8 to the Dragons in his time at the Tricolours, Perrett dealt with further blows after playing his part for the Bulldogs in the losing column in two of the past three grand finals.
After bringing up painful memories of the disloyalty shown by his former club back in 2012 last week when discussing Robbie Farah's similar circumstances, Perrett said he has definitely moved past that time "because it takes away from what he's trying to achieve".
It goes without saying then what glories Perrett is chasing, noting it's what's pushed him throughout every one of his 12 seasons in the NRL.
"I'm really hungry for it. I've always wanted to ever since I first started playing NRL football. To win a grand final would be a tick off the bucket list," Perrett told NRL.com.
"It's the whole point why we're playing here to be here at the end, get that win and have your name in the history books. It's definitely been motivation the whole season.
"The only satisfying thing for me will be to go all the way – that's all I'm worried about. I'm not too focused on who we're against because mate, it doesn't matter.
"Whatever pathway you go down they're all tough, full of high-quality teams. I just need to win – that's the only satisfaction I'll get is three more wins."
While he's not worried about who he comes up against, very few players have had to cop two giant opposite men like Perrett.
No doubt having his troubles with Dragon Eto Nabuli last weekend, the task does not get any easier when he comes up against New South Wales and Australia winger Daniel Tupou on Friday night.
"That game against [Nabuli] is good because he is similar in physique to Daniel Tupou so that'll be a good challenge. That personal challenge and battle of the wingers won't be too dissimilar," Perrett said.
"It's not often we come up against each other one-on-one. The best way to win these games is as a team so our little right edge there will need to work hard because that's what stops points."
While the going definitely got tough for the Bulldogs in their 11-10 golden point win over St George Illawarra, Perrett was hopeful that his teammates, like him, can take it in their stride.
"Any win no matter the circumstances is a confidence-booster and we just have to keep looking at it that way," Perrett said.
"You don't want to be down on yourself too much because these games you need your mind sharp, you need to be excited and positive and you obviously need to execute on the day."
This article first appeared on NRL.com