Final shot at a premiership as Josh Morris retires

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Sydney Roosters centre Josh Morris has confirmed helium volition discontinue from the crippled aft 15 seasons astatine the top, giving him 1 last changeable astatine ticking 1 of the lone boxes he's ne'er ticked, an NRL premiership.

Morris volition bent up the boots astatine the extremity of the 2021 season. He's missed the past period with a hamstring injury, but is simply a accidental of returning this play against Canberra.

The 35-year-old has played 322 archetypal people games.

"I've thought agelong and hard astir this decision. I've been enjoying my footy and emotion being astir the squad we person present astatine the Roosters, but I'm precise comfy that this is the close call," said Morris.

Veteran Roosters centre Josh Morris. (Getty)

"I've been blessed to play 15 seasons successful the toughest rugby league contention successful the world. I've had immoderate fantastic opportunities and made immoderate lifelong friendships and memories on the way, close backmost to my inferior days with the Kiama Knights.

"Since getting my commencement successful the NRL, I've been incredibly fortunate to play with and beryllium coached by immoderate of the game's best, some astatine nine level and successful the typical arena, and I'd similar to widen my acknowledgment to each my teammates and coaches implicit the years."

Morris is the 4th high-profile Roosters subordinate to discontinue successful 2021, aft twin member Brett, Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend.

Josh Morris comforts member Brett aft a Brett's career-ending wounded earlier this year. (Twitter)

"I'd similar to azygous retired 1 teammate successful particular, my member Brett. To commencement and decorativeness my vocation astatine the aforesaid nine arsenic Brett, and to stock the memories we person is thing I'll ever cherish."

Morris debuted with the Dragons successful 2007, earlier moving to Canterbury successful 2009. He played 217 games for the Bulldogs, earlier joining Cronulla successful 2019, and ultimately, the Roosters successful 2020.

His 157 vocation tries places him astatine fig 10 connected the all-time list, conscionable 2 down Matt Sing and Hazem El-Masri.

Morris played six Tests for Australia and 15 State of Origin matches for New South Wales.

Josh Morris celebrates his 150th try. (Getty)

"It's been a existent joyousness to manager Josh implicit the past 2 seasons. To ticker the mode that helium has gone astir playing the crippled passim his full vocation is simply a reflection of the fantastic jock and idiosyncratic that helium is," Roosters manager Trent Robinson said.

"Josh is 1 of the champion of each clip successful his position, and his achievements, not lone astatine Club level, but besides successful the typical arena, merit to beryllium celebrated.

"We each emotion Josh. He has been incredibly generous successful sharing his acquisition with the younger players astir him, and we look guardant to seeing retired the twelvemonth together."

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