Dual premiership-winner Brett Morris has received a standing ovation from his Sydney Roosters teammates after formally retiring from the NRL.
- Brett Morris said “the time was right” to hang up his boots after 16 seasons in the NRL
- He retires with a premiership with the Dragons in 2010 and the Roosters in 2019, 18 Tests for Australia and 15 State of Origin games for NSW
- The 34-year-old holds fourth position on the all-time try-scorers’ list, with 176
Morris suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Newcastle last month.
He made the inevitable announcement on Monday that he was hanging up the boots.
Every member of Roosters’ 2021 playing and coach staff, as well as Morris’s family and several friends, were at the emotional announcement at the SCG.
“Whilst it’s not ideal with the injury, the time for me is right,” the 34-year-old said.
“I’ve had a wonderful career spanning 16 seasons. I started as a skinny young kid and finished as an old man with a couple of kids, bruised and battered.
“But my rugby league journey has been a wonderful ride.”
Morris retires in fourth position on the all-time try-scorers’ list with 176, behind only Ken Irvine (220), Billy Slater (190) and Steve Menzies (180).
As well as winning premierships with St George Illawarra in 2010 and the Roosters in 2019, the winger played 18 Tests for Australia and 15 State of Origin games for NSW.
He is the only player to win man of the match in two World Club Challenges, in 2012 and 2019.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson said Morris irreplaceable but he was already proving to be a great assistant coach.
“Not everybody gets to go out on their own terms, but looking back over my career, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve had, and I hang up the boots a very proud and content man,” Morris said.
“There are many people who have played an important role in helping me in my career throughout the years, and I’d like to extend my thanks to them all, right back to my junior club the Kiama Knights.”