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James Crawley

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Posted Wednesday, September 25th 2019

Morton's first-team dream

James Morton is determined to continue working hard as he sets his sights on developing into a future first team player at Bristol City.

The 20-year-old central midfielder has agreed a new four-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, as he commits his future to 2023 at the earliest.

“I’m really happy and over the moon to get it done,” Morton said.

“I feel like it’s well-earned and it took a lot of hard work to get here and I know I’ve got so much more work to do.”

Morton is currently out on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Forest Green Rovers as he continues his development. It’s his first league loan, following a successful 2019/20 campaign at Bath City.

He said: “I’ve been on loan at Bath City before, that’s helped me adapt to men’s football and I’m grateful to Jerry Gill there.

“I’m now on loan at Forest Green Rovers with Mark Cooper and he’s given me the ability and the minutes to show what I can do and I’m very grateful for that.

“The loans have been so good. I’ve obviously played at Bath City but playing in League Two now is a whole new level, it’s up a notch in all areas – it’s so much more professional. The lads, the manager, the coaching is up a notch, I’m learning a lot and long may that continue.

“Brian Tinnion and Lee Johnson are always in contact, telling me to let them know if I need anything. That shows how much they want to help you individually and it gives you that connection with the club even though you’re out on loan.

“There’s also a loans physio so you definitely feel part of the club even though you’re not here on a daily basis.”

Morton is also thankful to his Robins head coach, who he hopes to one day play for.

“I’m also grateful to Lee Johnson to have given me this contract and I hope one day I will be able to help him on the first team stage.

“I support this club, I love this club and if I can feature for the first team one day, I’d take my arm and leg off for it.”

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