Cronulla Sharks centre Josh Morris tipping ‘brutal’ reception for Manly Sea Eagles star Dylan Walker after NRL ban lifted


“I guess I’ll be keeping an eye on him to see how he’s travelling, whether he looks tired and if he does [look fatigued] we’ll send some more traffic his way.

I’d imagine he will be jumping out of his skin when he gets out there on Sunday.

Josh Morris on Dylan Walker

“[But] knowing what Dessie [Hasler] is like he would have had him doing some pretty gruelling fitness and cardio sessions. I’d imagine he will be jumping out of his skin when he gets out there on Sunday.”

A humble Morris, 32, reiterated he would be available to solve NSW’s right centre crisis if called upon by Brad Fittler despite previously saying he didn’t see representative football in his future.

But relishing his switch to the Sharks, the veteran speedster can get one over his old Bulldogs coach Des Hasler and make an undeniable pitch to fill the NSW position set to be vacated by James Roberts.

“I’ve been getting stopped in the street plenty of times being asked about [Origin availability],” Morris said.

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“I haven’t had any conversation with Brad and obviously you guys have thrown up my name and there’s been a fair bit of media speculation – it hasn’t helped there’s been so many injuries either – but it hasn’t been a thought for me.

“The last two years I’ve concentrated on club footy. It was kind of at the start of the pre-season and someone asked me what my goals are. I said I pretty much don’t see myself playing rep footy anymore.

“That was a huge weight off my shoulders and not putting the added pressure on myself around this time of year. Last year I felt really good just being a spectator.

“I’d be happy for a young fella to see him get his first jersey. If there’s no other options I’ll put my hand up.”

Sharks prop Matt Prior (shoulder) is set to line up against the Sea Eagles despite sitting out most of Cronulla’s gritty win over the Gold Coast to open Magic Round, but they’ll wait until closer to kick off to make a decision on Andrew Fifita (hamstring).

Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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