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Sport Panthers captain Wallace retires from NRL

05:07  12 june  2018
05:07  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Penrith Panthers veteran Peter Wallace opens up on decision to retire

  Penrith Panthers veteran Peter Wallace opens up on decision to retire "Everyone wants the fairytale finish for me, it wasn't to be."Wallace has been restricted to just 78 appearances for the Panthers since 2014, including just nine games this season, with the veteran suffering with chronic knee injuries throughout his career.

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Penrith captain Peter Wallace has been ruled out for two weeks with a shoulder injury, coach Anthony Griffin has confirmed. Wallace was a notable absentee when the team was released for Thursday’s NRL clash against the Wests Tigers, with youngster Sione Katoa named in the No.9 jumper.

Penrith captain Peter Wallace has retired from rugby league with immediate effect, after battling chronic knee injuries in recent years.© Ashley Feder/Getty Images Penrith captain Peter Wallace has retired from rugby league with immediate effect, after battling chronic knee injuries in recent years. Penrith captain Peter Wallace has been forced to call time on his rugby league career with immediate effect due to chronic knee problems.

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.

Gus' 'good news and bad news' for Wallace

  Gus' 'good news and bad news' for Wallace Phil Gould has detailed the remarkable chain of events that led to Peter Wallace playing his last two years for the Panthers without an ACL.Wallace shocked the NRL by retiring effective immediately this week but his career could have ended two seasons earlier had Gould and the Panthers brains trust been aware of a fourth ruptured ACL which happened without the player's knowledge just before a switch from halfback to hooker sparked a career renaissance.

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Penrith captain Peter Wallace insists he's in no rush to make a call on whether he wants to play on for one more NRL season. Having missed the Panthers ' past two matches after copping a knock in round 10, the 32-year-old is wary of the strain on his body.

"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."

State of Origin Game 1 team lists: Who’s playing for QLD Maroons and NSW Blues in Game 1, 2018 .
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