Adrian Morley tells of Bradford Bulls imposter role in new book

Adrian Morley’s autobiography ‘Moz’

Adrian Morley’s autobiography ‘Moz’

First published in Bulls Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Adrian Morley has admitted he felt like an “imposter” after joining the Bulls to play a cameo role in their 2005 Grand Final success against the Rhinos.

The veteran England prop carved his own slice of history at Old Trafford, adding the Super League title to the 2002 NRL crown he won with Sydney Roosters and the 1999 Challenge Cup final victory with Leeds to become the first British player to claim all three trophies.

Yet his arrival from the Roosters at the back end of 2005 – he played six games for Brian Noble’s men – initially led to some dissent within the Odsal ranks.

Morley, writing in his new autobiography ‘Moz’, said: “I was apprehensive about how the lads would treat me. I felt like an imposter.

“I convinced myself that the club wanted me there, yet I couldn’t get the awkwardness of knowing I was taking someone else’s spot out of my head.

Paul Deacon, Bradford’s half-back, had said publicly he didn’t agree with my joining them because one of his mates would lose their spot.

“He pulled me aside afterwards and said ‘I want you to know, what I said wasn’t personal. I hope you don’t have a problem with it’.

“But the truth is, I would have felt the same. I actually respected Deacs for speaking out because it would have been easier for him to toe the party line.

“The fact he risked a row with his club and his coach, to say what he thought, took real guts on his part.

“He was right, of course. Me being at Bradford meant one of the blokes who’d tolled all year would miss out because of my arrival (it turned out Rob Parker and Andy Lynch both missed games to accommodate me).

“But from a selfish point of view, it gave me a chance to play in the Super League, to scratch an itch that had been growing since I’d heard about Joey (Andrew Johns) joining Warrington, and it helped Great Britain by maintaining my match fitness.

“It was a bit awkward but that’s rugby league; there’s rarely any sentiment to selecting sides. Parker and Lynchy were terrific, like all the boys were.”

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6:50am Thu 15 Nov 12

ifallwerelikemumby says...

They need you now moz, do you fancy signing now for threpencehapney
They need you now moz, do you fancy signing now for threpencehapney ifallwerelikemumby
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7:25am Thu 15 Nov 12

barbarian mike says...

Probably didn't need him back then with the side we had, and certainly don't need him now! Building for the future!
Probably didn't need him back then with the side we had, and certainly don't need him now! Building for the future! barbarian mike
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7:54am Thu 15 Nov 12

AdeyG'man says...

Didn't need him at all. It was just another publicity stunt by Caisley to stick two fingers up to Gary Hetherington...pathe
tic...just like the Harris saga
Didn't need him at all. It was just another publicity stunt by Caisley to stick two fingers up to Gary Hetherington...pathe tic...just like the Harris saga AdeyG'man
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8:03am Thu 15 Nov 12

Mumby was the best says...

AdeyG'man wrote:
Didn't need him at all. It was just another publicity stunt by Caisley to stick two fingers up to Gary Hetherington...pathe

tic...just like the Harris saga
Yes and it robbed Andy Lynch of a final appearance, a guy who had proved his worth.
[quote][p][bold]AdeyG'man[/bold] wrote: Didn't need him at all. It was just another publicity stunt by Caisley to stick two fingers up to Gary Hetherington...pathe tic...just like the Harris saga[/p][/quote]Yes and it robbed Andy Lynch of a final appearance, a guy who had proved his worth. Mumby was the best
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10:08am Thu 15 Nov 12

bullybullman says...

Just shows Noble for what he was ! Thank god Noble & Caisley are history.
Just shows Noble for what he was ! Thank god Noble & Caisley are history. bullybullman
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11:58am Thu 15 Nov 12

flashdonut says...

When folk read the Super League website or look on Wikipedia, it states quite clearly that the 2005 Champions were the Bradford Bulls. It mentions nothing about Moz or Lynch. You know why? Players come and players go. Be grateful we won. Seems a million miles away from these sorry days.
When folk read the Super League website or look on Wikipedia, it states quite clearly that the 2005 Champions were the Bradford Bulls. It mentions nothing about Moz or Lynch. You know why? Players come and players go. Be grateful we won. Seems a million miles away from these sorry days. flashdonut
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10:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

TirNaNog says...

flashdonut wrote:
When folk read the Super League website or look on Wikipedia, it states quite clearly that the 2005 Champions were the Bradford Bulls. It mentions nothing about Moz or Lynch. You know why? Players come and players go. Be grateful we won. Seems a million miles away from these sorry days.
Wasn't it also the year the Bulls were done for cheating the salary cap? Showed the ineffectual RFL up for what they are - impotent. Harbrained scheme that reeked of desperation to get Aussie-based players in the ESL. I'm sure Lynchy also really appreciated flogging his guts out all season so Moz could get a winners ring that means very little to him. Indeed he also states getting to the GF with Wire meant more to him than the 2005 win! How fitting then that it was Leeds who ultimately shattered his dreams!
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: When folk read the Super League website or look on Wikipedia, it states quite clearly that the 2005 Champions were the Bradford Bulls. It mentions nothing about Moz or Lynch. You know why? Players come and players go. Be grateful we won. Seems a million miles away from these sorry days.[/p][/quote]Wasn't it also the year the Bulls were done for cheating the salary cap? Showed the ineffectual RFL up for what they are - impotent. Harbrained scheme that reeked of desperation to get Aussie-based players in the ESL. I'm sure Lynchy also really appreciated flogging his guts out all season so Moz could get a winners ring that means very little to him. Indeed he also states getting to the GF with Wire meant more to him than the 2005 win! How fitting then that it was Leeds who ultimately shattered his dreams! TirNaNog
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