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Josh Morris announces retirement

30 Aug 21, 2:42PM 0 Comments

Rugby League legend Josh Morris has today officially announced he will retire from the sport at the end of the season after a 15-year career.

“I’ve thought long and hard about this decision. I’ve been enjoying my footy and love being around the team we have here at the Roosters, but I’m very comfortable that this is the right call,” said Morris during the announcement.

“I’ve been blessed to play 15 seasons in the toughest rugby league competition in the world. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities and made some lifelong friendships and memories along the way, right back to my junior days with the Kiama Knights.

“Since getting my start in the NRL, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to play with and be coached by some of the game’s best, both at club level and in the representative arena, and I’d like to extend my thanks to all my teammates and coaches over the years.

“To Trent Robinson and the coaching and performance staff, and my current teammates here at the Sydney Roosters, it’s a privilege every time I get to wear this jersey.”

Morris has played over 300 games in the National Rugby League for the St George Illawarra Dragons, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and Sydney Roosters, playing in the 2012 and 2014 Grand Finals for the Bulldogs.

The 35-year-old was named the Dally M Centre of the Year in 2009 and 2012 and amassed numerous representative honours, including 15 State of Origin games for New South Wales between 2009 and 2019, and six games for Australia between 2009 and 2014.

What Morris will likely be remembered for most is the dynamic try-scoring duo he formed at multiple clubs with twin brother Brett, as Josh is currently the tenth all-time try scorer in Australian Rugby League history with 157 tries, and Brett is fourth with 176 tries to his name.

Speaking of Brett Morris, the Roosters winger also announced his retirement earlier this season after suffering a career-ending injury against the Newcastle Knights.

Josh Morris last appeared for the Roosters in round 20, and in the 2021 NRL season scored eight tries, assisted six, made 32 tackle breaks, ten-line breaks, averaged 86 running metres per game and made 224 tackles for an efficiency rate of 91.4%.

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