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Bulldogs' Sam Perrett to retire from NRL

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/08/2016

© Getty Images Veteran Canterbury winger Sam Perrett is cutting short his contract to retire at the end of the 2016 NRL season and he's aiming to leave with a long-sought premiership ring.

The 31-year-old former New Zealand international was contracted with the Bulldogs until the end of next season, but decided to go earlier.

"It's been a tough decision and an emotional one, but it's time for me to hang up the boots," Perrett said.

"My family has put in a lot of time and sacrifice to support me and it's time to move onto the next phase of my life, which I'm really excited about."

Perrett, who has scored 90 tries in 252 NRL games, represented New Zealand in 21 Tests and was a member of their World Cup-winning side in 2008.

He joined the Bulldogs midway through the 2012 season, playing for them in the grand final that year and again in the 2014 decider.

He said he remained hopeful of finally winning the premiership ring that has eluded him since his debut in 2004.

"I'm not aiming for anything less," he said.

"I'm going to give my best for the last eight weeks and it's going to be everything I've got to get that title."

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