Morris calls time on NRL career, ends era

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Josh Morris will join his brother Brett in retirement at the end of the NRL season with the champion centre to call time on his illustrious rugby league career.

The 35-year-old will finish the season with the Sydney Roosters, ending a 15-year NRL career that encompassed six tests for Australia and 15 State of Origin games for NSW.

It will bring the curtain down on a decorated NRL career in which Morris has played 322 games for St George Illawarra, Canterbury, Cronulla and now the Roosters.

He is yet to win an NRL premiership despite grand finals with the Bulldogs in 2012 and 2014 and is aiming to go out on a title with the Roosters in 2021.

"I've thought long and hard about this decision," Morris said on Monday.

"I've been enjoying my footy and love being around the team we have here at the Roosters, but I'm very comfortable that this is the right call.

"I've been blessed to play 15 seasons in the toughest rugby league competition in the world.

"I've had some wonderful opportunities and made some lifelong friendships and memories along the way, right back to my junior days with the Kiama Knights."

It follows the immediate retirement of his twin brother Brett earlier this year, who suffered an ACL injury that prematurely ended his season.

The two started their careers together at the Dragons and went on to play alongside each other at the Bulldogs before reuniting at the Roosters in 2020, when a salary cap squeezed forced him out of the Sharks.

Defying their age, the twins reached the top of their game again under coach Trent Robinson.

Both are in the top 10 tryscorers of all time - Brett is fourth with 176 while Josh is 10th with 157 across his NRL career.

Josh will have the chance to add to the tally if named to return from a hamstring injury for the Roosters on Thursday night against Canberra.

His retirement brings to an end a remarkable 42-year legacy for the Morris family after his father Steve made his debut for the Dragons back in 1979.

The trio have scored 455 tries between them across a combined 845 first grade games.

"It's been a real joy to coach Josh over the last two seasons," said roosters coach Trent Robinson.

"To watch the way he has gone about playing the game throughout his entire career is a reflection of the wonderful athlete and person that he is.

"Josh is one of the best of all time in his position, and his achievements, not only at club level, but also in the representative arena, deserve to be celebrated."

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