Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marwan Signs Up Morley for Final Flourish ; EXCLUSIVE: Super League Great Pens Deal with Salford, Writes Neil Barker

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Marwan Signs Up Morley for Final Flourish ; EXCLUSIVE: Super League Great Pens Deal with Salford, Writes Neil Barker

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DRIAN Morley will ADRIAN Morley will fulfil a lifelong ambition next season by finishing his illustrious rugby league career by finally playing for hometown Salford Reds.

Pack ace Morley, 37, has agreed a one-year deal with Salford and will leave Warrington at the end of the year to play a final season in Super League.

The veteran Warrington Wolves' skipper, who's played more than 400 times for club and country, is thrilled to be joining Salford - his move home has been the game's worst kept secret.

Owner Marwan Koukash first targeted the England and Great Britain star within weeks of becoming Reds' new owner back in January. And he is delighted to have landed a player of Morley's stature.

He said: "This is a truly wonderful signing for Salford.

"We are bringing the great man home and he is thrilled to be coming home to Salford.

"This is what we all wanted to see happen.

"Adrian is such an iconic figure in the game. I have total admiration for him.

"He is fully aware of our ambitious plans and the vision that we have for Salford.

"Adrian is one of the most respected figures in world rugby league and to have him at Salford is such a huge bonus.

"He too is thrilled and so are we because he is such a respected player. We know what he can bring to the club on and off the field."

Koukash's initial offer was flatly rejected by Warrington bosses and it sparked an angry reaction from Wolves coach Tony Smith But a deal has now been sorted with part of the contract seeing Morley eventually progressing to the role of football manager when he retires as a player.

He will also work closely with the coaching set-up.

Koukash said: "The team needs a strong experience leader - someone who can have a huge impact and that is Adrian.

"Our coach Brian Noble has worked with Adrian many times in the past and knows what a wonderful professional he is.

"He will really strengthen us in so many ways.

"This is another very positive move and I have wanted to bring Adrian home because I know it will send out a very positive message. …

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