Winger Sam Perrett discusses his decision to retire after announcing 2016 will be his final season in the NRL.
Perrett has played 13 seasons of top-flight rugby league for both the Sydney Roosters (2004-12) and Bulldogs (2012-16), running out on 254 occasions and has also scored 90 tries during his decorated career.
On top of his appearances at club level, the 31-year-old has also represented the New Zealand Kiwis on 21 occasions from 2007-13.
During his time in the blue and white, Perrett has played 106 games and he is looking to finish season 2016 on a high.
“It’s been a tough decision and an emotional one, but it’s time for me to hang up the boots,” said Perrett
“This year will be my last season playing rugby league and it’s been such an amazing journey.
“I’m so grateful and thankful for the relationships that I have, the teammates I have played alongside and against, the coaching staff that have helped me along the way and my family for everything they’ve gone through.
“My family has put in a lot of time and sacrifice to support me and it’s time to move onto the next phase of my life, which I’m really excited about.”
Perrett joined the Bulldogs mid-way through the 2012 season and after two appearances in Grand Finals with the blue and whites without the right result, the retiring outside back is hoping 2016 can end with the ultimate reward.
“I’m not aiming for anything less.
“I’m going to give my best for the last eight weeks and it’s going to be everything I’ve got to get that title.”
Sam Perrett Bio:
Born: 14/05/1985, Auckland, NZ
Junior Club: Burleigh Bears
Rep Honours: 21 Tests for NZ (’07-’13), Four Nations (’09-’10), WC (’08), European Tour (’07), All Golds (’07-’08)
Clubs: Sydney Roosters (’04-’12) – 148 games
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (’12-’16) – 106 games
FG Debut: Roosters v Newcastle, Aussie Stadium, 18/06/2004 (Rd 15)
Club Debut: v Wests Tigers, Allianz Stadium, 06/07/2012 (Rd 18)