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Adrian Morley believes Warrington Wolves need to win Grand Final to cement powerhouse status
ADRIAN Morley always had faith that Simon Moran’s vision of a resurgent Warrington Wolves would come good, but the scale and pace of their rise to the top has shocked even him.
“Did I think that I would be speaking just before my final game with three Challenge Cup winners’ medals, a League Leaders’ Shield and the chance for a Grand Final trophy? I can’t say I did,” he said ahead of Wolves’ momentous Grand Final clash with Wigan Warriors.
“When I first came to the club (from Sydney Roosters) I believed in Simon Moran’s vision, in his ambition. But it has exceeded my wildest dreams, and hopefully there is still a little bit more to come before I say goodbye.”
Becoming captain in 2008 gave his career a new lease of life, to not just be part of a champion side but also to lead it both on and off the field.
And having already become the first Warrington captain in history to lead his side to three Challenge Cups, there remains one final box to tick before he departs for hometown club Salford City Reds.
“To become the first Warrington Wolves captain to lift three Challenge Cups and a Super League trophy would be a dream come true,” he said.
“I did win it on loan with Bradford in 2005, but even during the celebrations I felt like an imposter at times.
“I had not sweated and bled with those players all season and I just jumped on the bandwagon at the end.
“But having been at Wolves for so long I feel a part of this club and part of this team.
“To be part of the team that breaks Wolves’ duck would be very special indeed.”
To end the 58-year championship drought would cement this team in the annals of club folklore, but this final has an added element that has the ability to make victory taste even sweeter.
“To beat Wigan in a Grand Final would be immensely satisfying for both the players and the fans,” said Morley, who will be making his 160th appearance in primrose and blue at Old Trafford, 141 of those as captain.
“The two clubs have a rivalry going back years and we all remember how dominant they were in the late 80s and most of the 90s.
“Most people still hold them on that pedestal and they are the glamour club in Super League.
“I genuinely believe Wolves are a powerhouse in Super League now, but we have to tick that box to ensure no-one can deny it.
“For this team to be considered the true champions and the best team in the country we need to win and that would be an incredible farewell for me and the others that are leaving the club.
“All the boys that are leaving want to have one last hurrah, not just for the group of players but for the club as a whole.
“For Simon Moran, the fans, for everyone who works behind the scenes, we want to lift this trophy for everyone.”
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