It's been a little while between trips to the biggest stage the NRL has to offer, and Brett Morris is visibly excited to make his Grand Final return on Sunday afternoon.
The last time Morris made it to the NRL Grand Final was when he was wearing the red and white St George Illawarra Dragons strip in 2010, and on that occasion he was playing AGAINST the Roosters.
Fast forward to 2019 and Morris is donning the red, white and blue for his second run on the big stage.
"It’s been a long time between drinks for me," Morris said of his Grand Final return.
"Obviously 2010 was the last time I played and I was only a young fella then.
"You think you’re going to be there every two or three years, but it’s been a long time."
Morris stormed his way into the Roosters starting line-up after an impressive and determined off-season ahead of the 2019 season.
He sustained a knee injury in Round 2 which kept him sidelined for what was a frustrating three months.
Now feeling 100% fit and healthy at the most important time of the year, Morris is thankful for the extra rest and is now ready to put his best foot forward.
"I had the injury that kept me out until midway through the year which was disappointing, but I’m feeling fresh.
"I’m just really looking forward to this weekend."
One of the game's great veterans and a man with plenty of experience, Morris made a point to mention that he's learnt from his last trip to the big game and is ready to actually enjoy the Grand Final week the second time around.
"It’s very important.
"Last time I was here (Grand Final week), I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have.
"It felt like it went really quickly and I didn’t really soak up as much of the pre-game stuff.
"Being an older player, you tend to enjoy your football a lot more than when you’re a bit longer.
"You’re coming closer to the end.
"For me personally, I’m just going to enjoy this week, soak everything in, and obviously when it comes time to football really focus in on what I need to do."
In a week that has a packed schedule with both Grand Final commitments and training, Morris touched on his focus and what he expects the week will be like for himself and the squad.
"Work hard on the training paddock and really nail my role.
"We’ve got our Coaches that will come up with a plan, and when we get out on the training paddock we want to execute it.
"In the in-between moments when we’re having down time we want to relax and enjoy the week.
"When it comes to Sunday, we’ll be ready to go."
After signing with the Roosters during the 2018 season, Morris watched the Roosters finals campaign from the couch struggling to contain his excitement for what's to come in 2019.
Now that he's enjoying a Tricolours Finals campaign of his own, he says it's okay to pinch yourself and enjoy it as long as your mind is on the task at hand.
"It’s a huge achievement to make a Grand Final.
"From where I was last year, I was sitting on the sidelines watching this Club.
"It is a bit of a pinch yourself moment, but a lot of hard work has gone into it.
"They’re not easy games to make, so I’ll really enjoy it and look forward to Sunday."
Match: Roosters v Raiders
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Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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