After a weekend filled with speculation about the playing future of Paul Gallen, a little ginger bloke from Penrith has blind-sided us on a Tuesday morning.
Panthers skipper Peter Wallace has this morning announced his retirement, effective immediately.
Wallace has been out injured for over a month, and with the club evidently in good hands in his absence, he’s made the shock decision that enough is enough.
The decision is all the more understandable in light of revelations from Panthers boss Phil Gould that Wallace has been playing the past two seasons “with no ACL in his knee”.
That news is incredible, but unsurprising for a player such as Wallace, who’s the type who’d give his left nut for his teammates (and he did, in 2008).
Now, Wallace will take up a position on the Panthers’ coaching staff.
Wallace played 240 first grade games for the Panthers and Broncos, 4 Origins for New South Wales, and 4 Tests for Scotland.