Did he really think he went into touch?
“I think it’s pretty evident,” he said. “The vision is there for everyone to see.”
I think it’s pretty evident. The vision is there for everyone to see.
What happened shortly after was Dragons playmaker Jamie Soward, wearing his own white footwear, chipped for Mark Gasnier, who opted for the same coloured boots, and St George Illawarra scored first.
They weathered a Roosters storm before half-time – and then the elements – to deliver the Dragons a long-overdue premiership in Morris’ fourth season in the NRL.
“To win one that early in your career you probably think you’re a chance of being in another two or three or four [grand finals],” Morris said. “At that time you think you’re unbeatable. You think you have the side that will keep doing this year in, year out.
“[But] it’s not the case. They’re so hard to get to. Even just making the eight sometimes is just hard to do. It’s been a great year for the club obviously to get in the grand final.”
If the final couple of days before June 30 last year had panned out differently, Morris, 33, might have long celebrated Mad Monday after a torrid season with his old club rather than making his second grand final appearance with his new one. His contract running down at a salary-cap stricken Bulldogs, he was being touted as part of a Belmore fire sale.
Canterbury shed Moses Mbye (Wests Tigers) and Aaron Woods (Cronulla) before the mid-season deadline as Morris was about to return to the Dragons. Then the Bulldogs baulked. Losing two representatives was enough tumult for the middle of one season.
Morris played out the rest of the year with twin brother Josh and then joined the Roosters.
“At the time I thought [the Dragons switch] was going to go ahead and I was going to be heading there, but once that fell through it was onto the next stage,” Morris said. “This year for me personally has just been so enjoyable. My kids are getting older now and are really getting into their footy. It’s a real family experience rugby league these days. It’s something I really enjoy.
“It’s getting closer to the end and every week is fun. You go out there and have fun. When you’re a young fella you get caught up in the hype.”
Adam Pengilly is a Sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.