Morley appointment receives warm welcome
Leeds Rhinos players past and present have welcomed the return of Adrian Morley to the club following the announcement that the Great Britain legend is to join the club’s coaching staff as Academy Head Coach.
Morley who enjoyed a successful career with Leeds, Sydney Roosters and Warrington before retiring in at his home town club of Salford, is to return to Headingley Carnegie as part of Brian McDermott’s backroom team.
The appointment was greeted by current Rhinos Rob Burrow, Danny McGuire and Brett Ferres, all of whom had grown up watching Morley.
Great move by the club @leedsrhinos to bring back the legend Moz !!
— Rob Burrow (@Rob7Burrow) November 30, 2016
@leedsrhinos what a great addition to the club
— Brett Ferres (@BrettFerres11) November 30, 2016
— Danny McGuire (@DannyMcguire6) November 30, 2016
Former Rhinos players too were quick to congratulate their own team mate and the club on the new appointment with former skipper Iestyn Harris and former Head of Youth Development Barrie McDermott, both of whom played alongside Morley in the 1999 Challenge Cup win at Wembley, pleased to see Moz back at Headingley Carnegie.
Awesome news for the club, to have him on board is a massive boost ?? ???? https://t.co/3MjHUZ3n9Y
— Barrie McDermott ? (@RLBarrieMc10) November 30, 2016
Great appointment. https://t.co/XekBFNSTih
— Iestyn Harris (@Iestyn_Harris) November 30, 2016
Rhinos fans too were very happy to see their hero back at Headingley Carnegie with Sara Andrews summing up the feelings of many with this simple gif.
— Sara Andrews (@SaraLee0604) November 30, 2016
Away from the club, the press were also impressed by the appointment and there was a nice note from the Steve Prescott Foundation twitter account, for whom Morley has been an ambassador and fundraising in recent years.
Steve Prescott Foundation.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen! Great to see a legend of RL passing on his experience! Well done Moz! https://t.co/067ziIDecq
— Steve Prescott MBE (@StevePrescott1) November 30, 2016
Smart move by Leeds to get Adrian Morley back in the club, I reckon https://t.co/q5GekJ4SpC
— Aaron Bower (@AaronBower) November 30, 2016
Finally England captain Sam Burgess tweeted from Sydney to explain how much Morley had inspired him as a youngster to take up the game, which bodes well for Morley’s new role at the Rhinos.
— Sam Burgess (@SamBurgess8) November 30, 2016