After 16 years in the top flight of rugby league, an ACL injury has cruelly ended the career of Sydney Roosters winger Brett Morris.
Morris, who won premierships, played for New South Wales and Australia, and numerous NRL clubs, did everything you can in the game.
It was that tragic moment against Newcastle in May when, near the end of the game, Morris felt something off with his knee.
Immediately, he writhed in pain, in agony, knowing that that moment right there may be his last in the NRL.
Sadly, it has proven to be the case but Morris looked back on his career and is proud of what he achieved.
“Not everybody gets to go out on their own terms, but looking back over my career, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve had, and I hang up the boots a very proud and content man, knowing that the time is right,” said Morris.
“There are many people who have played an important role in helping me in my career throughout the years, and I’d like to extend my thanks to them all, right back to my junior club the Kiama Knights.
“In the NRL, I’ve been fortunate to be coached by and to play with some of the game’s best, and I’m grateful to all the coaches and teammates I’ve had over the years.”
Morris’ record as an NRL winger must be lauded over and over.
He retires as the fourth-highest try-scorer in ARL history, won two premierships in 2010 and 2019, played 18 Tests for Australia and 15 games for NSW.
There was nothing but praise for Morris from Roosters coach Trent Robinson, who was impressed with Morris’ constant work ethic.
“The way Brett has gone about playing the game throughout his career is testament to the incredible athlete and character that he is, and it’s been a true honour to coach him,” said Robinson.
“Brett is one of the best, if not the best, finishers in the history of our game, and it is important we acknowledge his achievements over the years; not only at Club level but also in the representative arena.
“Brett’s professional approach to his training, playing and recovery is testament to the man he is. He is a man of integrity and has been a great mentor to his teammates, making those around him better, both on and off the field.”