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After receiving condemning news earlier in the week from the Bulldogs medical staff, Steve continued to seek the miracle that would ensure a birth in the 2004 NRL Telstra Grand Final. At Bulldogs team training session, Belmore Sports Ground today Steve realised that his knee was not capable to withstand a game of Rugby League after several drills and finally acknowledged that he will not lead his beloved Bulldogs into Sunday's match.
''Hugh Hazard (Bulldogs Team Doctor) broke the news to me earlier this week regarding my medial ligament requiring surgery. I was shattered at hearing the news and requested further time to seek any solution if there was one. Unfortunately there is not a miracle or a fairytale ending, I searched every avenue but I now realise that I will not play in the Grand Final. Steve Price said.
''The build up to this match has been incredible and I'm glad I've been a part of it. The Club that I love and have committed the last 12 years to are well set to make the most of the opportunity given to them on Sunday. The players will play for each other, the coach and represent the Canterbury Bankstown region in the same way they have done all year. I'm very proud of all the players''. Steve Price said.