Perrett driven by Grand Final Heartache
Winger Sam Perrett discusses what is driving him to succeed in 2016.
Winning a premiership is every NRL player’s dream and for many that dream seems so far away but for Bulldogs winger Sam Perrett who has been to the big dance on three occasions (2010, 2012, 2014) and walked away empty handed, the 250 plus game winger still hopes to add the ultimate reward to his illustrious career and he is doing everything he can to give himself the best shot to be a part of it.
“This is my 13th year playing and I’ve been to three grand finals and I still don’t have one,” Perrett said.
“For me personally, I have made a lot of sacrifices and there is nothing that I want more than that right now.
“I’m very hungry for that success and I know a lot of the boys are.”
Since joining the club midway through the 2012 season, Perrett has experienced two Grand Final losses and the pain of defeat still burns deep.
“I was heartbroken after the 2014 Grand Final. That really hurt me personally.
“I’ve been so much hungrier ever since then.
“There is frustration when you go through those experiences, but I have turned it all into motivation, a desire to improve and get better to do everything I can to get that title.”
Despite a win and a loss in the last two weeks, the four matches leading into the loss to the Cowboys, the Bulldogs produced some of their best footy of the season and in particular the form of the forward pack.
“The forward pack has been awesome. Where we’re sitting on the ladder at the moment is because of them.
“No football team can win without the forwards winning the battle in the middle.”