Morris wants to leave the Shire. Joey says the Sharks’ ‘dramas’ mean they must not let him go

Rugby League Immortal Andrew Johns says the Sharks must hold onto wantaway centre Josh Morris at all costs, due to the club’s injury troubles.

Reports this week revealed Morris was not even told of the Sharks’ decision not to grant him a release to join twin brother Brett at the Roosters.

That reportedly strengthened Morris’ desire to move on from the Shire club, despite promising teammates he would give everything for the team while registered to Cronulla.

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However Johns pointed to the Sharks’ injury problems as evidence they can’t afford to let someone of Morris’ class and experience just walk out the door.

“He should stay at the Sharks, I wouldn’t be letting him go,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the Eighth.

“I worry about the Sharks this year because there’s some dramas. Matt Moylan has been injured all off-season. He tore his calf early, then tore his hamstring pre-season.

“I understand Fifita hasn’t trained much, he’s got a bad knee. There’s dramas with Dugan and his knee. So they need as many players on deck as they can.”

Morris is hopeful of ending his career at his preferred centre position, which prompted his push for a move to the Tri-colours.

The Roosters are light on in the centres after losing Latrell Mitchell to the Rabbitohs and his replacement Billy Smith to a season ending ACL injury,

His options to play centre at the Sharks are blocked by Jesse Ramien and Bronson Xerri.

According to his agent, Morris first floated the idea of moving on last season when he was shifted to the wing, with the club also having regular centre Josh Dugan on their books.

Josh Morris is looking to finish his career in the centres.Source:News Corp Australia

The Sharks have had salary cap issues in recent seasons and while Morris’ potential departure would help in that area, it doesn’t help them on the field, particularly with their injury issues.

Moylan’s injury has opened the door for Morris to play fullback, but at 33 it remains to be seen if he can succeed in one of the most physically demanding positions on the field.

The real issue though is if he wants to, with his clear preference to finish his career in the centres and possibly chase an elusive premiership at the Roosters.

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Originally published asMorris wants to leave the Shire. Joey says the Sharks’ ‘dramas’ mean they must not let him go

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