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Sport Penrith Panthers veteran Peter Wallace opens up on decision to retire

06:10  13 june  2018
06:10  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Retired Penrith Panthers skipper Peter Wallace has opened up about his shock retirement , saying he initially couldn't bring himself to The 32-year-old will make an immediate move into the club's coaching ranks. MORE: Tigers recruit Moses Mbye opens up on 'tough' decision to leave Bulldogs.

Peter Wallace has informed the club and his teammates of his decision to retire , effective immediately. Penrith Panthers General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM has released the following statement " Peter will immediately take up a position on the coaching staff in our club.

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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.

Another injury setback, this time with a shoulder, prompted Wallace to call time on his NRL career.

The 32-year-old will make an immediate move into the club's coaching ranks.

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Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Wallace explained how tough it was to break his decision to retire to his teammates.

"Telling the boys on Sunday was tough, but I feel a lot better now it's all out there and I can move on to what's next," Wallace said.

"I messaged them all on the WhatsApp group, I just wanted to get exactly what I wanted to say to them. I don't think I could have done that in person.

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"I was trying to let them know what they mean to me and how hard it was."

A long list of injuries is something Wallace will care to forget, but his incredible resilience stands alone.

Yesterday, it was revealed he played without an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for two years.

He also played on through a ruptured testicle in just his second State of Origin match for the Blues in 2008.

His current shoulder woes, which have been exacerbated by a bicep tendon injury, would have forced Wallace to have more surgery, which he admitted would have been too much to come back from.

For Wallace, the decision to hang up the boots was tough, but he admitted his body was no longer up to the rigours of first-grade footy.

"It was tough. It's never easy... you never want it to end, but unfortunately it does. For myself, injuries have caught up," he said.

"It feels a lot more real now than it did when I came to the decision.

"I made up my mind that this year was going to be my last anyway. It came a bit quicker than expected. The decision was tough, but it was the right one.

"I spoke to my wife, she knew where I stood for the last week. Getting her thoughts and support was the main thing.

"Everyone wants the fairytale finish... for me, it wasn't to be.

"I'm at ease with it now."

Moving into Penrith's coaching ranks was already in the works for Wallace, who had been put through a coaching course.

He has already been working closely with the Panthers' under-18 and under-20s teams this season.

The 240-gamer has also played a key role in the development of 23-year-old hooker Sione Katoa, who has been a revelation for the Panthers in Wallace's absence.

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