Brett Morris fuming at Brookvale Oval surface


“As a player, you work so hard week in and week out to get out there and to have this happen as a result of the ground, it is frustrating.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love getting out and playing at suburban grounds, I’m a country boy and any chance that happens, I love that sort of stuff.

“But it’s frustrating this happens as a result of the surface.”

Morris was forced to have knee surgery in the summer of 2015/16 after suffering a knee injury at Brookvale while playing for the Bulldogs.

Given he has now injured his knee twice on the same surface, Morris fears for his own safety should he play at the ground again.

“From now on it will certainly be the back of my mind, thinking about my safety, having past experiences,” he said.

“If a club lost a major player due to it, there would be a lot of uproar.

“Especially a club building their season, say if Newcastle went there and they lost [Kalyn] Ponga, how would their fans and players react? It’s something we need to look at.

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“I can’t say I won’t play, this is my job, it’s what I get paid to do.

“But there will certainly be a bit of worry if I have to play there again.”

The 32-year-old also dismissed the comments made by Manly CEO Lyall Gorman which pointed to the torrential rain during the match as a factor in the poor surface.

“The first time I did it it wasn’t raining a couple of years ago,” Morris said.

“We can look at that as well. We had rain at the SCG when we played Souths and I didn’t see anyone’s knees digging that far into the ground there.

“It’s something for them to look at.”

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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