Wakefield Wildcats: Morrison undecided on playing future

Glenn Morrison toughs it out with Salford's Daniel Holdsworth.
Glenn Morrison toughs it out with Salford's Daniel Holdsworth.
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VETERAN Wakefield Trinity Wildcats captain Glenn Morrison will decide mid-way through the season whether to play on next year.

The Aussie forward will turn 35 in May and is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

He is keen to take up a coaching career, but could play on if Wildcats gain a Super League licence and his body can handle another year.

“I am not sure what’s happening yet,” he said of his future at Wakefield.

“I think a lot of the boys are probably waiting to see about the franchise. I don’t know if it will be my final year playing, I haven’t made that decision yet.

“I will see half way through the year if my body is holding up and I am still enjoying myself. I am looking at trying to get into coaching – I am helping with the under-20s this year and I have just done my Level Three.

“If something on that path came along, I would probably look at that. I am keeping my options open at the moment.”

Morrison came to Engage Super League in 2007 to join Bradford Bulls, before moving to Wakefield at the start of last year. He hopes to remain in England.

“My wife has got a business here and we have just bought a new house, so I am not in any hurry to leave,” he said.

Wildcats visit Morrison’s former club on Sunday – five weeks after being beaten 40-16 at Bradford in their final pre-season trial game.

Morrison feels they are in good shape to improve on that this weekend.

“I don’t think we played too badly that day in patches of the game and we have developed since then,” he stated.

“The things that have gone on at the club since then have bonded us together as a team. We had a good win over in France, then a bit of a slip-up last weekend.

“We have learned from that, we have got some new personnel coming in and we are growing each week, so we will be going there hoping we have got the game to get a win.”

Morrison described last Sunday’s 32-6 home loss to Salford City Reds as “disappointing”.

He added: “The effort was there, but there was a lack of skill at times which let us down.

“As long the effort is there and everyone’s wanting to play for each other, that’s half the battle won.

“I think we will be all right this week.”

Of his own return to Grattan Stadium, Odsal, Morrison said: “You always like to play against your old team.

“It gives you a lift. I still keep in touch with them all and the fans there were great to me.

“They still stop me in the street and have a chat, so hopefully I will get a clap not a boo when I get on the pitch.

“I think Bradford are another side that’s going to take time to gel. They have some great players and the people they’ve brought in are quality.

“They are looking to get back up as a top-four side, but when you have got so much turn-over it is going to take a few weeks until you do gel.

“Hopefully we can get them on a day when they are not quite there.”

Coach John Kear was due to name his initial 19 this afternoon. Wildcats have already given debuts to nine different players this season and Josh Griffin and Greg Johnson could be the next in line.

The skipper admitted it will take time for new players to gel – particularly the four signed since the club was taken over a fortnight ago – but he stressed: “They are all quality players.

“Griffin and Johnson played in the under-20s last weekend.

Griffin set up a try with his first touch and Johnson scored first touch.

“They have done everything they had to do and hopefully they can carry that on in first grade.”

Chris Dean could miss Sunday’s game due to a calf strain. Paul King was a late withdrawal from the side which lost to Salford and coach Kear said: “He won’t be fit this week.

“His foot has not recovered at all. It is a bit of a mystery as to why it keeps swelling up and why he has got this discomfort. The medical team are on to that.

“Ben Jeffries has still not recovered and he is going for a scan on his knee.

“We will try and get to the bottom of his problems.

“Matty Blaymire is seeing a specialist about his broken hand.

“He could be back in three or four weeks, which is two to four earlier than we expected.”

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