Change as good as a holiday for refreshed Brett Morris

“I jumped on the rollercoaster ride with them throughout that finals series.

“It was very exciting – I was watching the grand final to see how we would go and they obviously won and I got an opportunity to play in the World Club Challenge because of that.”

Morris couldn’t have asked for a better start to his career with the club that was home to his famous father Steve from 1987-1990.

He scored a hat-trick in the 20-8 World Club Challenge win over Wigan, the start of what he hopes will be the first back-to-back premiership tilt since Brisbane achieved the feat in 1992-93.

“It’s a new season and you have to approach it that way and you can’t rely on last year’s performances to get you over the line this year,” Morris said.

“It’s full steam ahead this year.

“The majority of the squad is still here and there are a few fresh faces but we are looking to come in and do our best for those guys who have moved on.

“We want to be a strong side coming into the season and it’s exciting for everyone involved … it’s a fresh start.”

A fresh start was exactly what Morris was after at the end of a sour season at the Bulldogs.


The 32-year-old doesn’t hold any grudges but did make a couple of interesting comments when asked about his final season at Canterbury.

“In the end they didn’t offer me a contract, so I was happy to look elsewhere,” Morris said.

“Before the season started I got linked to a lot of different clubs anyway, so there was a fair bit happening there.

“It was nice to be able to get away from that.

“I made a lot of friends there and had a good time but my time was done.

“I was more than happy to come over to the Roosters and be excited to play some footy again.

“Change is exciting when you go to a new club, meet new people and learn new things, it becomes exciting again.”

A veteran of 237 NRL games, 15 State of Origins and 18 Tests, Morris is very much the elder statesman of a Roosters three-quarter line featuring young superstars such as Latrell Mitchell and Joey Manu.

“Latrell Mitchell and Joey Manu – two of the centres – they both played for their countries last year and watching them duel it out in those Test matches was exciting to watch,” he said.

“Potentially being on the end of that was very exciting for me and when you train around young fellas they tend to bring out the best in you, especially guys like Latrell and Joey.”

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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