Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed what lies ahead in the immediate future for Brett Morris.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has revealed what lies ahead in the immediate future for injured veteran Brett Morris, claiming the winger will have a key role behind the scenes.
“He [Morris] will be around and he’ll get to work,” Robinson told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It will be no difference [to other long-term injured players] with him.
“There’s a wisdom in the way he can impart his knowledge without having to speak a lot. Knowing he’s there and the presence he has imparts that on the guys around him, and that’s what he’s done since he’s been here.”
Morris’ playing career is all but over after scans confirmed an ACL injury in the Roosters’ comfortable win over Newcastle on Saturday night.
“He’s just been an incredible player to coach and watch,” Robinson said.
“He’s one of those amazing wingers you never think you’re going to get the opportunity to coach like that at the end of their career and then he comes along and he adds value straight away to our team. He’s just a beautiful player.”
The club has been ravaged with injuries this season and also lost forward Lindsay Collins to a long-term knee issue in the same game.
But it was the images of Morris post-match that were particularly jarring for all rugby league fans, regardless of club loyalties – as he and brother Josh embraced in the changing rooms, knowing it was probably the last time they’d take the field together.
“To go out like this, it must be really, really hard for him,” Paul Gallen said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“I don’t know if it will end him, or if he’ll want to come back and prove to everyone he can come back but it’s going to be a big ask at 34, 35 years of age, coming back from a knee reconstruction.”
The Roosters may now offer a debut to boom rookie Joseph Suualii, as their backs stocks continue to thin.
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