Roosters recruit Josh Morris fears move from Cronulla Sharks to be with twin brother Brett could be for nought


“It’s in everyone’s best interests to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

Josh Morris (right) hasn’t played with twin brother Brett at club level since their Bulldogs days.Credit:AAP

Morris’ transfer saga was one of the biggest stories of the season until coronavirus overtook everything. After months of negotiations, the parties finally agreed to the move, clearing the long-time NSW three-quarter to join Brett as a Roosters for round three.

But just as the paperwork was drying on the contracts, the NRL announced it was suspending the competition to ensure the safety of its participants.

Given they are both 33 and off contract, there is a chance the reunion might not happen if the premiership doesn’t restart in 2020. However, Morris believes the unexpected sabbatical could prolong his career and prompt him to seek one more contract.

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“It will make me hungrier to go on and play on next year,” Josh Morris said. “I was going to make a decision halfway through the year, it will probably be closer to the end of the year now.

“Obviously it’s not ideal but it is what it is. We need to back the game and they are looking after the players. This thing isn’t going to last forever and hopefully everyone does the right thing and we can be back sooner rather than later.

“Whether it’s a short season or no football at all, the body is going to feel a lot fresher.

“Having to train at home builds up that resilience and mental toughness to try to get it done when you don’t have that support of your teammates to get you through it.

“Spending more time at home, you realise we do have a pretty good job. It’s probably a blessing, you probably feel a lot fresher towards the back end of the year with less footy being played.”

The brothers began their careers at St George Illawarra and also played together at the Bulldogs and at representative level. Given they haven’t played for the same club since 2018, the latest delay will make an on-field reunion more special.

“Yeah definitely, it will be worth the wait,” Morris said. “We’ll be just as excited when we run out alongside each other once again.”

The Morris twins aren’t the only NRL stars with an uncertain future. Cameron Smith, Benji Marshall, James Graham, Kieran Foran, Adam Blair, Issac Luke, Gavin Cooper and Mitchell Aubusson are among the big names off contract without an immediate opportunity to press their claims for a new one.

Dragons prop Graham was hopeful his last game won’t be a round-two loss to Penrith in an empty Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

“It’s out of my hands,” Graham said. “When I have been asked this question previously, it’s yes, absolutely, but obviously these are uncertain times.

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“Who knows what the future is for the game. There has been a lot of talk about the competition structure and the number of teams and whatnot.

“Going into next year, being my age [34] and not having a contract, it’s almost impossible to answer that.

“My priorities aren’t about playing next year, it’s about trying to stay focused and fit. Hopefully we can get back on the field this year and see how it looks.”

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