Sport Panthers captain Wallace retires from NRL

05:07  12 june  2018
05:07  12 june  2018 Source:

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Penrith captain Peter Wallace has retired from rugby league with immediate effect after a long-running battle with injuries.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has confirmed Peter Wallace will retain the club's NRL captaincy after prompted Panthers boss Phil Gould to suggest to Wallace in 2015 that it may be time to retire . "He'll start the season as captain , no tricks, it's breaking news."

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It's understood 32-year-old Wallace, who will move into the coaching ranks, texted his teammates on Monday to announce his decision and will continue limited training in case the Panthers need him to play in an emergency.

"It's an incredibly selfless act from Peter. He always had great faith in the young players coming through our system here at Panthers and has played a huge part in their development as both footballers and people," Penrith Panthers General Manager Phil Gould said in a statement on Tuesday.

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"It can now be revealed that Peter has played the last two years with no ACL in his knee after his last knee reconstruction actually failed.

"He is a tremendously tough individual and his leadership has been wonderful for our club."

It was originally hoped the veteran hooker would return for the Panthers against the Roosters this weekend but Wallace only watched on at training on Monday.

Wallace stepped up to captain the Panthers from the start of the year after Matt Moylan departed the club.

The veteran hooker debuted with the Panthers in 2005 and had a six-year stint at the Broncos before returning to Penrith.

Wallace was selected for the Blues in State of Origin 2008 and infamously ruptured a testicle in game two, before playing the last of his four games for NSW in 2009.

Gould says he can see Wallace enjoying a long-term coaching future at Panthers.

"He has enjoyed an outstanding playing career. He now moves into the next stage of his life and Panthers will always be here for him."

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