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New Warrington Wolves contract a relief for Adrian Morley
ADRIAN Morley can now breathe a sigh of relief.
After a difficult 12 months that have included two eye operations and debilitating pains in his neck and arm, the 35-year-old prop is recapturing his form and has been granted another 12 months as Warrington Wolves’ club captain.
It may seem obvious that one of England's rugby league greats would be given one more year at the top level, but Morley admitted that even he had his doubts about persuading the club to keep the faith.
“This last year has been frustrating, as I have not not been able to show that I am capable of playing next year or persuade the club that they want to keep me,” said the Super League and NRL legend.
“That is because I feel my performances haven’t been up to my standard.
“But my problems are behind me now, the club have shown faith and they feel I can do a job next year.
“I certainly feel that I can and I feel really privileged to be continuing here for another 12 months.”
It is hard to believe that Morley – a Grand Final winner and six-year veteran of the Australian NRL – could be susceptible to a crisis in confidence, but even he admitted that the career threatening problems he has suffered in the last year made him doubt his ability on the biggest stage.
“I have struggled with a bit of form and confidence too,” he said.
“I have never really struggled with that in the past, but when you have a few injury setbacks your confidence can take a bit of a battering.
“But now I am going in the right direction.
“Tony has been happy with my game and though I still feel there is a little bit more left, I am getting back to where I want to be.
“It has not been one of my finest years, but I feel I can still do a job in Super League and I am looking forward to a successful spell, both at the end of this year and beyond.”