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Adrian Morley hopes to extend his Warrington Wolves career with semi-final victory
IT may be his final home game, but Adrian Morley is hoping that tonight, Thursday, is not the end of the road for his Warrington Wolves career.
As he heads out on to The Halliwell Jones Stadium pitch for the last time in primrose and blue, the 36-year-old will hope that the extra few days of preparation given to Wolves as ClubCallers will be enough to stop the high-flying Giants in their tracks and prolong his Warrington career by 80 minutes.
“I am going to enjoy the night, but hopefully our season will have one more week to go,” said Morley, who is departing for Salford City Reds after seven years at the club, six of which as captain.
“I have experienced the transition of going from an average team, Super League strugglers even, to a powerhouse and I believe the club is in better shape now than it ever has been.
“Warrington Wolves are going to be at the top for many years to come and to get the chance to lead the playing side during this rise to the top has been an incredible experience.
“I was always proud to be captain of such a historic and important club, humbled by the honour.
“Wolves will be a massive part of me until the day I die and I just want to sign out on a high note.”
Saying goodbye to six first team players is not going to be easy for Wolves, who have enjoyed relative stability in the playing squad over the last few years.
But it is the departure of Morley that will arguably be felt most profoundly by the players, coaches and fans, not only for his performances but also his presence off the field.
Smith recognised the importance of a player whose capture under the stewardship of Paul Cullen heralded the start of a Warrington Wolves resurgence that still continues to this day.
“Adrian has been an incredible addition to the Warrington family over the years,” he said.
“He has been a fantastic ambassador for our club, our sport, and he has a reputation all over the world as a gentleman off the field.
“Moz plays hard and expects others to play hard and I think his peers admire him and look up to him for that.
“That is a fantastic trait to have and there is a lot of admiration for Adrian, not just from his coach but from many people inside the game.”
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