Adrian Morley autobiography: Leeds return was my favoured option ahead of Bradford Bulls

Adrian Morley in a Bulls shirt

Adrian Morley in a Bulls shirt

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Adrian Morley autobiography

Mid-season, when it appeared unlikely that we’d make the play-offs, news broke that Andrew Johns would be joining Warrington at the end of the year.

The idea that I could do a similar thing was already in my head when Brian Noble, the Great Britain and Bradford coach, called and asked whether I’d be interested in joining them for a similar stint.

But before I phoned Nobby back, I called Leeds and asked to speak to Gary Hetherington. Bradford and Leeds are fierce rivals, especially back then when the Bulls were at the peak of their powers and Leeds were coming good.

Leeds were my club for years and I still had a strong affection for them. To this day, ‘Rhinos’ is part of my e-mail address. I told Gary straight what was going on.

‘Bradford want me to do what Joey’s done and come over for a few games,’ I said. ‘The Roosters are willing to let me but I wanted to call you first in case you’re interested’.

Gary said no. He didn’t think their coach, Tony Smith, would be interested in someone else coming in towards the end of the season, and that was fair enough ‘No problem, I just wanted to give you the option,’ I said.

He phoned back a short while later. ‘I’ve had a word with Tony and we’ll have you in the squad,’ he said. ‘We can’t guarantee you’ll play and we can’t give you any money... but come on board if you want.’ That was typical Gary. He always drove a hard bargain but he didn’t exactly give me a tough decision to make.

‘Well, Bradford have offered me money and told me I will play...’ I said. It was a no-brainer.

From the minute I arrived, Bradford were terrific. They were up there with any of the clubs I’ve been at in terms of looking after me.

They arranged a car, a place to stay – everything was catered for. I already knew a few of the boys from the Great Britain squad – JP, Stu Fielden, Paul Johnson, Leon Pryce – and my old mate Iestyn Harris was there.

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6:36am Thu 15 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

I hear he not only rang leeds but all the other teams too before coming to bulls.
I hear he not only rang leeds but all the other teams too before coming to bulls. ifallwerelikemumby
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7:51am Thu 15 Nov 12

AdeyG'man says...

He should have gone to them! Waste of money and we didn't need him....just like Harris! Leeds got his best years.
He should have gone to them! Waste of money and we didn't need him....just like Harris! Leeds got his best years. AdeyG'man
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8:08am Thu 15 Nov 12

flashdonut says...

ifallwerelikemumby wrote:
I hear he not only rang leeds but all the other teams too before coming to bulls.
No. No you did not. You are, yet again, been a fantasist. The only thing you heard was your pretened friend telling you how funny you are. The only person that says that is your pretend friend.
[quote][p][bold]ifallwerelikemumby[/bold] wrote: I hear he not only rang leeds but all the other teams too before coming to bulls.[/p][/quote]No. No you did not. You are, yet again, been a fantasist. The only thing you heard was your pretened friend telling you how funny you are. The only person that says that is your pretend friend. flashdonut
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8:09am Thu 15 Nov 12

Old Dave says...

We won the grand final. It was worth it!
We won the grand final. It was worth it! Old Dave
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9:13am Thu 15 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

Which is why the posters saying did not need him are talking out of their Mumbly. ( my new word for bottom )
Which is why the posters saying did not need him are talking out of their Mumbly. ( my new word for bottom ) ifallwerelikemumby
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10:48am Thu 15 Nov 12

barbarian mike says...

Didnt need him, we had more than a good enough squad already!! Lynch was shafted big time!That fiasco should never have been allowed by those who run super league!
Didnt need him, we had more than a good enough squad already!! Lynch was shafted big time!That fiasco should never have been allowed by those who run super league! barbarian mike
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12:42pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bone_idle18 says...

It's in the past, who cares? All I remember about that year is us giving Leeds a beating in the Grand final :)

Leeds fans might point to us breaching the salary cap, conversely, we could point to two of their players playing, after being found guilty of using banned substances. (But, for some odd reason, not receiving a ban?)
It's in the past, who cares? All I remember about that year is us giving Leeds a beating in the Grand final :) Leeds fans might point to us breaching the salary cap, conversely, we could point to two of their players playing, after being found guilty of using banned substances. (But, for some odd reason, not receiving a ban?) Bone_idle18
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12:24am Fri 16 Nov 12

Shelfrhino says...

Who cares about all this history, the club Moz is referring to here, the side that cheated to beat the Rhino's , no longer exists and the Rhino's are the world and SL champions anyway so none of this matters.
Who cares about all this history, the club Moz is referring to here, the side that cheated to beat the Rhino's , no longer exists and the Rhino's are the world and SL champions anyway so none of this matters. Shelfrhino
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