27 Jun 2012

Roosters grant NZ's Perrett NRL release to Dogs

12:08 pm on 27 June 2012

The New Zealand international Sam Perrett has been granted an immediate release from the Sydney Roosters to join rival National Rugby League club the Canterbury Bulldogs.

It emerged last week that Perrett was seeking a mid-season transfer to the Bulldogs, to be part of a package deal with brother, Lloyd, who is heading to Canterbury as a promising front-rower.

The Roosters stalled on signing off on the move last week amid reports of tension and Perrett played in Sunday's heavy loss to Manly instead of lining up for Canterbury in their clash with Melbourne.

However, the club has announced that the star winger has been "reluctantly granted an immediate release" to join the Bulldogs, who are short on outside backs.

Perrett, who is in the final year of his contract at the Roosters, was offered a three-and-a-half year deal by Canterbury.

The Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce says the club was sympathetic to Perrett's request.

Perrett says he holds no ill-feeling towards the Roosters and says he'll miss the club.

The Sam Perrett announcement comes only 24 hours after the Roosters granted Anthony Mitchell an immediate release to join North Queensland.