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BRETT Morris is one New South Welshman who certainly can’t be accused of being selfish.
In the wake of Phil Gould’s stinging criticism last week of the Blues’ leadership group, the man long regarded as rugby league’s best winger declared he was not ready to answer an SOS from Laurie Daley for the dead rubber in Sydney after just one game back from a serious knee injury.
“The thing is I have played one game in nine months,” Morris told The Daily Telegraph in the wake of his return hat-trick for the Bulldogs in the thumping win over Brisbane.
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“They pick an Origin team after blokes have had six months and 10 games under their belt. So for me this is round two this week (on Thursday night against the Sydney Roosters).
“To get picked in an Origin arena after two games of footy, after nine months out, I just think it is a big ask on myself and also to put that sort of pressure on the team.
“I don’t know how much I would train if I went into an Origin camp and I don’t know whether that would be a distraction on the boys. But personally I wouldn’t want to go into an Origin game underdone.
“You just can’t.”
Morris admitted the extended stint on the sideline had its challenges and even had him questioning if he would ever get back to his best.
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Morris was initially expected to only miss a few rounds at the start of the season. But complications revealed additional problems that led to stem cells being inserted into his knee.
“I suppose you always wonder how you are going to comeback,” Morris said. “But I have been playing rugby league for a long time now and I suppose it becomes second nature to you.”
Despite the setback, Morris didn’t fear surgery would cost him any of his noted speed.
“These days we have all the GPS technology so we can look at sessions we have done in the past where I have run fast or games where I have hit top speeds,” Morris said.
“Certainly it is hard to replicate that at training but from doing the training we got pretty close to those results and I suppose after the weekend we will have a look at the top speeds I reached there.
“I think when I get a bit more confidence in the knee and a few more games under my belt it will certainly come along a bit better. “I still sort of felt a bit off the pace there but it is nice to see that there is something there.”
As for whether it is his intention now to get his Bulldogs No.1 jumper back off Will Hopoate, Morris said that was a decision for Des Hasler.
“We just do what he tells us to do,” Morris said. “Certainly the way Will has handled himself this year, he has played outstanding.
“I am happy just to be back out there on the field. It doesn’t bother me what position.
“You just do whatever is best for the team and certainly with the form he is in it would be hard to move him, wouldn’t it?”