Manly prop Lloyd Perrett has conceded his NRL career is on the line in Friday’s semi final clash against the Rabbitohs.
The 24-year old’s body has let him down throughout his six seasons in the league, but finally got his opportunity again at the top level amongst the Sea Eagles’ injury crisis.
Asked if he felt like he was playing for a contract, Perrett told ESPN: “Yeah, because I literally am. I’m off contract.
“But I just want to win. I know if I win and I play good and do my job in the team and play my natural game a contract will come.
“The wins will come, a grand final will come. It’s just about me doing my job.”
It has been tough goings for Perrett the last couple of seasons, suffering a life-threatening seizure and heat stroke in the 2018 pre-season.
It led to a series of injuries, requiring constant blood, kidney and liver checks.
“It was close to a point where they were telling me I was going to have to get on hormone replacement,” Perrett said.
“And I was thinking – do I have to retire?
“Because I know I’m not allowed to do that while I am playing footy.
“But thankfully everything came right.”
Approaching his third game back at the top level, Perrett said improving his fitness is his biggest focus, believing he still has plenty to offer.
“I think the only problem at the moment is I’m not in good shape,” he said.
“I think one good pre-season will fix that. I haven’t had a good pre-season in two years.
“But I think I am very talented as a footballer, I know that myself. It’s just my body that I have to get right.”