An elusive premiership ring is the sole reason why Canterbury veteran Sam Perrett is close to re-signing with the club on an multi-year deal.
In an added boost ahead of Saturday night’s elimination final with St George-Illawarra, the self-managed Perrett revealed he is on the verge of a contract extension at Belmore.
“It’s not official yet, but everything’s looking good to stay here,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of putting it all on a formal contract.”
Perrett, 30, said he was comfortable looking after his own contractual affairs because, at this stage of his career, his priorities aren’t about extracting the most dollars.
“For me, there’s a lot of other things that hold value for me – comfort, momentum, opportunity, and a good, healthy environment,” he said.
“That’s really important for me and my family.”
However, the former Sydney Rooster said he had been in the game long enough to know other players had differing demands when it came to taking a seat at the negotiating table.
“They don’t really want to focus on that. They want to focus on their football and they’re not too interested in that side of it,” he said.
“In that instance, it’s good to have someone else working for you.”
Having lost three grand finals over his 12 seasons in the NRL so far, Perrett said winning that elusive premiership ring was his sole motivation at this stage of his career.
The former Kiwis representative gets another chance when he begins his fifth finals campaign in his past six years this weekend.
“It’s another shot for me personally that I’ve been looking forward to, and another opportunity to get that ring. It’s something that I’m pretty hungry for,” he said.
“To fall short just one step, it’s heartbreaking.
“But they are always opportunities to learn from, so long as you can the lessons and apply them.
“Hopefully the last couple of GFs that we’ve missed out on, we can fill in the missing pieces to the puzzle.”