Morison: I shouldn't have joined Millwall the second time

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MILLWALL striker Steve Morison admitted it was the wrong decision to join the Lions on a season-long loan from Leeds United in June 2013.

Morison scored eight goals in 42 appearances as Milwall finished in 19th place in the Championship table, just four points above the dropzone.

The former Norwich City centre-forward was criticised by some fans for a perceived lack of commitment during his second spell with the club, and Morison said that he took the “easy option” by linking up with the Lions again.

He told Lions Live this week: “Obviously I shouldn’t have come back the second time.

“I was kind of forced out of Leeds and Millwall were willing to take me. I just thought, ‘You know what, I’ll just do that’ because it was the easy option.

“But I wasn’t in a good place fitness-wise, hadn’t really been playing much football, so it was a bad decision on my part. It didn’t work out great on a personal level but I still thought I played a big part in the team staying up that season.”

Morison was more confident that he was making the right choice when his former team-mate Neil Harris expressed an interest in bringing him to The Den for a third time in the summer.

And he said Harris outlined the leadership role he expected his striker to play, with Morison now the Millwall captain in the absence of the injured Tony Craig.

“Coming back this year I knew where I was mentally,” Morison said. “I knew where I was physically and I knew that I had a manager that was going places and was going to take this team in the right direction. So I wasn’t worried at all this time around about coming back and actually had plenty of time to think about it.

“It was a different conversation I had with the gaffer this year when I sat down with him and was going to sign. He’d just signed Tony and obviously he was going to be the captain. But he wanted more from me.

“What I’m doing now I don’t think is any different to what I was doing previously except now I’ve got an armband on.”

Meanwhile Morison admitted that his chances of a Wales call-up for Euro 2016 are slim after he was overlooked for the friendly against the Netherlands in November.

Morison, who won 20 caps between 2010 and 2012, revealed he doesn’t hear from Wales boss Chris Coleman and will likely be making different plans next summer.

“You always want to stay positive,” Morison, 32, said. “But personally I think I’m miles away from it. I’ve been on standby for every single squad so I’ve always been named in the initial squad and then not made the cut.

“For the last game against Holland Sam Vokes pulled out and I thought, ‘I’ve got half a chance here’. But they called up some lad (Fulham winger George Williams) and, no disrespect, I’d never heard of him before. So for me, that paints a bigger picture. I’ve booked my holidays, let’s put it that way.”

John Kelly

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