Sheffield Wednesday: I have joined a Premier club in Owls - Morrison

Having trained with a bevvy of Premiership giants – including Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle United – as a youth, Michael Morrison's aim to is book a return top-flight ticket in the not-too-distant future.

More specifically with Sheffield Wednesday, with most things about the club, in terms of gravitas, facilities and support – and now high-profile owner – smacking of the big-time.

The Owls have countless hills to climb before that wish turns into joyous reality, but that remains the aim for all of a blue and white persuasion and Morrison is no different.

During his formative years at Cambridge United, a host of scouts beat a path to the Abbey Stadium, with several big-hitters running the rule over the highly-rated teenager who experienced the high life during trial spells with the likes of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

It was eventually Leicester who took the plunge on the Bury St Edmunds-born ace in the summer of 2008 in a six-figure deal and while the Foxes – and Morrison – were a just few steps away from the Premiership Promised Land last season, after heartbreakingly losing to Cardiff City in the Championship play-off semi-finals, the dream now is realising his ambitions with the Owls following his move last week.

He concedes, though, that it's obviously a case of first things first and escaping the clutches of League One at the first time of asking is the over-riding priority.

Morrison, who made his debut for Cambridge at 17 and actually captained the club while still a teenager, said: "I have dropped down a league, but I feel this is still a good step in my career. Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club and to have it on my CV at the end of my career will make me very proud.

"My ambition, as I'm sure everyone's is at the club, is for us to get promoted and then hopefully we can look to the success that Leeds and Norwich have had this year (in the Championship).

"The Premiership is the long-term ambition, but there's no point talking, you've got to do it and there's a hell of a lot of hard work before then.

"It's a good squad at the club and the manager obviously wants to add a few more players and he's brought a few in already and, hopefully, it can give the club a boost and we can go on a good run and get in the automatic positions and get back up to the Championship."

Wednesday's players may have been stuck by the fireside watching Christmas favourites over the festive season, but six-footer Morrison was busy getting up to speed in preparation for his Hillsborough switch.

Wednesday's interest in the versatile Leicester City defender had been doing the rounds for a few weeks prior to his move – thought to be for a fee of 250,000 – up the M1, with the deal officially rubber-stamped earlier this month.

And while Morrison would have been expected to have been cooling his heels over Christmas ahead of his much-mooted move, it was a case of needs must with Foxes boss Sven Goran-Eriksson pressing him into unexpected holiday service, owing to a defensive injury crisis, against Millwall on December 28 and at Hull City on New Year's Day.

Not that Morrison – out in the cold ahead of the busy Yuletide schedule – minded one little bit, with the 22-year-old gaining priceless match fitness in outings ahead of his switch north.

Morrison, who has penned a three-year-deal at Hillsborough, said: "The move was mentioned before Christmas and I went in and saw the manager and agreed I could go, but Leicester had injuries at the time to the likes of Curtis Davies and he said that I had to wait until he brought players in.

"So it was more a case of waiting and, with the injuries, I ended up playing a few games. That was ideal for me, personally and I didn't get injured, either."

After bowing out with Leicester on a winning note, Morrison playing his part in claiming a clean sheet in the Foxes' excellent 1-0 success at Hull, managed by the man who signed him at the Walkers Stadium boss Nigel Pearson, he followed up with another red-letter day with new club Wednesday last weekend.

Handed an immediate debut at right-back, Morrison enjoyed an exemplary maiden outing for the Owls in their outstanding 3-0 win at Championship outfit Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the third round of the FA Cup.

The victory, achieved thanks to three second-half goals in the space of 16 whirlwind minutes from Gary Teale, Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison, booked Wednesday a fourth-round spot for the first time in a decade.

And while the draw, which handed them a home tie with either Wycombe Wanderers or Hereford United (the latter winning their third-round tie in midweek) was distinctly unglamourous, it offers them the very real prospect of claiming a place in the last 16 of the world's oldest cup competition for the first time since 1999-2000.

Morrison said: "I don't think anyone saw the 3-0 coming before the game, let alone at half-time as I probably thought they edged the game in the first half.

"But in the second half we really got into them and started to play some good football. To win 3-0 and keep a clean sheet is something I couldn't have dreamed off.

"In terms of the draw, when you look at it, you either want a big tie or one like we've got where we are at home.

"I'm sure the boys will fancy themselves to win against a team lower (down the league) and realistically we're looking to continue on in the competition.

"After that, no doubt the players and the fans will want a big tie."

Morrison slotted in adeptly on the right-hand side of defence in the victory at Ashton Gate – the hosts' first home defeat in nine matches – and while he sees his best position as centre-half, he was more than happy to do a job for his team on his debut appearance.

He added: "I prefer to play in the centre, if I'm honest. Although I have played right-back a lot of times and don't begrudge playing there – I'm a hard worker who wants to play in the team wherever it is.

"As long as I'm playing, you won't hear me complaining."

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