SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Peter Wallace of the Panthers watches on during the round 17 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on July 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Penrith Panthers captain Peter Wallace has announced his shock retirement from rugby league, effective immediately.

Wallace has been battling with several injuries over the past few seasons and the Panthers have revealed the extent of the injuries he has been dealing with in a club statement.

"Peter Wallace has informed the club and his teammates of his decision to retire, effective immediately," Panthers General Manager Phil Gould said in the statement.

"It’s an incredibly selfless act from Peter. He always had great faith in the young players coming through our system here at Panthers and has played a huge part in their development as both footballers and people.

"Peter has been battling with injury for several years and has repeatedly played for the club with injuries that would keep the normal man home in bed.

"It can now be revealed that Peter has played the last two years with no ACL in his knee after his last knee reconstruction actually failed.

"Management and coaches knew of his condition, but he didn’t want anyone else to know. I can also remember him staying on the field for 50 minutes in a game where he had completely torn his ACL. He is a tremendously tough individual and his leadership has been wonderful for our club.

"Peter will immediately take up a position on the coaching staff in our club. His experience and relationship with our players will be a wonderful asset for our program at Panthers. I can see Peter enjoying a long-term future in coaching at Panthers.

"He has enjoyed an outstanding playing career. He now moves into the next stage of his life and Panthers will always be here for him."

 

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