Curtain Closing on one of Rugby League's Good Guys

Our columnist believes Sam Perrett will be missed in more ways than one in 2017.

Wed, 10 Aug, 12:00 AM
Sam Perrett, one of Rugby League’s good guys, has cut his contract short and declared that he will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

Perrett has thus far capped 254 Rugby league appearances between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs notching 90 tries in those appearances. Perrett has also had 21 caps for the Kiwi’s since 2007 when he made his debut.

Sam Perrett is not a livewire by today’s modern standard of Rugby league player and wouldn’t be considered a key drawing card of attracting fans to games. For this reason his impact is often overlooked. There’s more to an NRL team than the guys with sizzling speed and pulling off the highlight reel tries.

Perrett’s impact extends further than planting the ball down in the corner after a well-worked backline play. His maturity and guidance is as much a reason for his presence in the Bulldogs change room as any other. Perrett has never caused a negative headline within his time in the League. He is a gentleman of the game and should be seen a role model for young players to emulate.

Today’s NRL players have to deal with the shifting terrain of social media. Any indiscretion could send them to the front page of the morning papers courtesy of everyone owning a device capable of recording and uploading. It’s important for these young players, who come into the fame and fortune, not to lose sight of what is expected from them in such privileged positions. It has often been reported that Perrett has been actively involved in mentoring and guiding young players to ensure they are able to cope with the lifestyle of a modern day Rugby League player.

Sam Perrett is quite well respected within the Bulldog’s organization. The club confirmed that once Perrett did eventually put an end to his playing career, he would have a role awaiting him as an ambassador of the club. This will allow Perrett to continue his mentoring of younger players whilst promoting the Bulldogs and supporting the wider community.

A little known fact about Sam Perrett is that he recently established his own property development business, ‘The Perrett Group’. The Perrett Group is Sam’s way to safeguard his family’s future when it comes to life after football. He currently provides financial advice to several of his teammates to ensure they are also keeping their future in mind when retirement comes around on their careers. Sam Perrett has earmarked future positions within his company in the real estate and building divisions for former players.

Sam Perrett’s genuine caring nature in being a model player, family man and member of the community is evident in every facet of his life. Whether it be the lack of negative publicity, his devout faith, his avid mentoring, or his actions which constantly remind us that he is thinking of others before himself. He has been a custodian of the game and will be missed.

Nik Hatzi

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