Cronulla Sharks veteran hooker John Morris has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL because of injury.
Morris made the decision upon receiving medical advice that a bulging disc in his neck was a risk to his safety. The 300-game stalwart decided the best thing for his family was to call an end to his 14-year career.
“You can’t take any risks with an injury like this to your neck… With a young family, with two young boys in Cruz and Taj, and wife Michelle to consider, I had to think about the future,” Morris said.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to be able to play 15 years and 300 games in the NRL, in particular the last five years here at the Sharks,” he added.
The utility player started his career with the Newcastle Knights in their premiership winning 2001 season and played his 300th and last game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 11 of this year. He is the 19th NRL player to play 300 games and the first since Scott Prince reached the mark in the 2013 NRL season.
Morris tweeted his thanks to everyone who has supported him in his huge career: “Just want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support of my retirement. Wish I could get back to u all. It certainly means a lot to me.”
He also played two representative fixtures in 2002 and 2003 for the Country team in the annual City-Country clash.
Cronulla and NSW captain Paul Gallen paid tribute to Morris on his Twitter page, praising a “great career and a champion bloke”. – Louis Dillon
Top photo from John Morris’ Twitter.