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Warrington Wolves skipper not letting his emotions take control
ADRIAN Morley is having to keep his emotions in check as the end of his glittering Warrington Wolves career approaches.
The 36-year-old has a maximum of four games left as the leader of the primrose and blue army, having signed for hometown club Salford City Reds from the start of the 2014 season.
And as Saturday’s crucial play-off opener against former club Leeds Rhinos gets ever nearer, Morley is trying to keep his mind focused on the task in hand.
“My departure is feeling much closer now,” he said.
“It is getting a bit emotional, but I have to control that.
“It will not affect me and this is about the team, the club, so I will keep that in check and look to end my Warrington career on a high.”
The highs have come thick and fast for Warrington since Morley’s arrival in 2007, and the image of the former NRL Premiership winner lifting the first of three Challenge Cups to the rapturous 2009 Wembley crowd will ensure that he will remain in the club’s folklore for many years to come.
But there is still time to add to that legacy and the team that stands in the way is familiar to Morley not just because it is where he started his outstanding career, but because they have been the opposition in each of Wolves’ last three finals.
Leeds may have twice lost out to Wolves at Wembley in 2010 and 2012, but the Rhinos’ 2012 Grand Final win still ended up overshadowing the cup heroics and every meeting between the two sides since.
“We won’t look at it in terms of revenge, we’ve played since then and I thought the home win against them was a classic,” said Morley, remembering the 19-18 victory in July.
“One thing we will probably have to sort out is our discipline. We can’t have another penalty count like we had in France.
“If they are going to score against us, we have to make them earn it.
“The last thing we can afford is to give them cheap penalties and field position, so we need to be disciplined and we will be.”
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