Panthers’ Wallace set to play 200th game

DOUBLE TON: Panthers veteran Peter Wallace.
DOUBLE TON: Panthers veteran Peter Wallace. BRENDAN ESPOSITO

IT HAS taken longer than expected but former Brisbane Bronco Peter Wallace will play his 200th NRL game tomorrow night.

Wallace will reach the milestone for Penrith tomorrow against South Sydney 11 years after making his debut in the competition for the Panthers against the Raiders in 2005.

The halfback turned hooker had doubts he would ever reach his 200th game after back-to-back ACL injuries ruined his past two seasons.

That is why he is pleased to be able to mark his double century.

“It’s a good personal achievement to reach,” he said.

“The last couple of years there had been some doubts, especially last year when I did my knee again.

“There were some evil thoughts after it but I was confident that if surgery went well I’d be right to get back, but there was always doubt.

“A lot of hard work in the off-season later and I’m fortunate enough that this year has been pretty good in most aspects.

“You never know, the injuries could have been a blessing in disguise.

“I could get a couple more years out of my body considering I haven’t played too much footy the past few seasons.”

Wallace has been covering at hooker since round one when James Segeyaro broke his arm.

Now with Segeyaro reportedly set to move to the Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League before the June 30 deadline, Wallace looks like keeping the No.9 jersey for a bit longer.

“I had played little bits here and there throughout my career but going there full-time has freshened me up,” he said.

“It gives you a new look at the game and a different way to play too.

“I’m really enjoying it actually, and at this point I’m not actually looking to return to the halves.

“I’m pretty happy playing hooker at the moment, so I guess I’ll be No.9 from now.”

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