Old Dog Josh ready to come back and bite his for­mer club

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

JOSH Mor­ris ran into for­mer Can­ter­bury team­mate Josh Jack­son at a Gold Coast air­port dur­ing the NRL’s break for representa­tive round re­cently.

Mor­ris left Jack­son with a puz­zled look when he told the Bull­dogs skip­per he would see him soon.

“He didn’t even re­alise we were play­ing each other,” Mor­ris said. “I told him it wouldn’t be long un­til I saw him again and he was like ‘what are you talk­ing about?’.

“Now that he knows, he said he might try and get on the same side of me so he can shoot out of the line and whack me. There was a bit of ban­ter there. I dare say he will be look­ing to get one up on me at some stage.

“Those lit­tle con­tests and bat­tles are fun when you come up against your mates.”

Mor­ris will take on his for

mer club Can­ter­bury for the first time since leav­ing the Bull­dogs at the end of last year. Mor­ris had long con­sid­ered him­self a Bull­dog for life. He spent 10 years there af­ter mak­ing the crucial de­ci­sion to leave the Dragons in 2009.

So en­trenched as a Bull­dog was he, he thought he would play out his ca­reer at the club. But with the club’s grow­ing salary cap con­straints he had lit­tle choice but to move on.

“It was pretty tough last year,” Mor­ris said. . “There was a fair bit of stuff go­ing on. It got to the he point where I was as head­ing over­seas and there wasn’t re­ally an of­fer.

“There wasn’t an n of­fer there. It was more so where I was go­ing to be. I had some ome won­der­ful memories and played in some great games. I was part of a fresh-faced crew in 2009. We had six or seven re­cruits there and made the pre pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. P Played in grand fi­nals in 2012 and 2014. It would’ve b been nice to win o one of them. I pla played with some speci spe­cial play­ers. I just loved eve every minute of it.” The Dogs are lan­guish­ing at the bot­tom of the ladder as pres­sure mounts on coach Dean Pay. But Mor­ris has fired off a warn­ing to his Cronulla team­mates about be­ing com­pla­cent against his for­mer club.

“One thing I know, the boys won’t give up,” Mor­ris said. “Hav­ing spent time there last year, we lost a lot of games by less than six points. I’ve tried to tell the boys this week that we have to value pos­ses­sion and the ball. If we don’t do that they are go­ing to hurt us.”

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