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