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Joe Morrell is “raring to go” and stake a place in the Robins midfield after a five-month football drought.
Morrell heads off on international duty with Wales today with another hour of football in his legs in the 1-1 pre-season draw with Swindon Town.
And the 23-year-old, who hit the crossbar with a shot and pulled the strings in a deeper midfield position as Jamie Paterson and Àdàm Nagy pushed higher, is relishing pulling on the Robins shirt again.
On loan at Lincoln City last season, where he was Player of the Year, Morrell’s football was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic ending League One and, as a loanee, he was unable to feature in the final nine games of City's 2019/20 campaign.
Cue a new season and Morrell told Robins TV: “I think everyone was looking forward to getting back in, regardless of the short turn-around between seasons, and for players like me – I haven’t played a game since February-March – it’s been tough so I’m raring to go.
“It’s the best job in the world. If you can’t enjoy having a kick-about for 70 minutes or so with your mates on a Saturday then you are not going to enjoy anything! I’m just glad to be back and playing at Ashton Gate, without the supporters it’s a little bit different but for me it’s something I’ve been thinking about for the last six months and I’m really happy to be back out there.”
City’s pre-season games are almost complete, but for a midweek behind closed doors friendly in the build-up to the Carabao Cup Round One fixture against Exeter City next Saturday (September 5th, KO 2pm), which will be available to view exclusively on Robins TV to fans inside the UK for £10.
Morrell admitted: “It’s not a normal pre-season so it’s been a bit more full-on than usual but the Swindon game was good. You have to get the balance right between being ruthless and wanting to win every game you play in and understanding that it’s pre-season and there are still things to work on.
“No team is perfect in pre-season – and we certainly weren’t today – but it’s good that we have things to work on and no doubt we will.
“We haven’t had a massive overhaul of players and with the gaffer being in charge towards the end of last season everyone knows what to expect from the manager and he knows what to expect from us and with Keith (Downing) and Simmo (Paul Simpson) coming in they have brought their own ideas and training has been different.”
Morerell will miss the Grecians’ match as he hopes to add to his five Wales caps when they take on Finland next Thursday (September 3rd) and then Bulgaria three days later (September 6th) in the their Nations League openers.
“It’s good to have a change of scenery and new ideas and it's something I always look forward to,” added Morrell. “It’s an honour to play for my country and they are two tough games but hopefully I can contribute and I’m looking forward to it.”
Supporters can exclusively follow all the action from City’s Carabao Cup tie with Exeter City on Robins TV from 1.30pm.
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