Former Millwall favourite Steve Morison has opened up on his short spell at Leeds United, and he revealed he spoke to chairman John Berylson directly to sort a return to The Den.
The striker was a revelation after joining from Stevenage in 2009, with his form for the Lions seeing Premier League Norwich City take a chance on him a few years later.
A switch to Leeds would follow after his spell at Carrow Road, but things didn’t really work out for Morison in Yorkshire, as he managed just five goals in 41 games.
And, speaking to the Wall Talk podcast, the 37-year-old explained how after it became apparent that Brian McDermott didn’t want him at Leeds anymore, he took it into his own hands to secure a return to the capital.
“I started off alright at Leeds, but then I had a few struggles with my groin. I wasn’t doing myself any favours at all. Then that summer, Brian McDermott came in.
“On the first day of pre-season, McDermott turned around and said: ‘I want you to leave, because I want to bring Noel Hunt in’. I’d signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, but he said because there’s not enough money to have you both, you need to go.
“I rang John Berylson direct and told him I can leave Leeds on loan, do you fancy taking me? They sorted it all out and I drove straight down the M1 to The Den.”
Morison would go on to play over 150 games for Millwall in his second spell.
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This is interesting to hear from Morison and it shows how some players can take the initiative when it comes to sorting out their future, instead of leaving it to agents.
As well as that, it shows the love that Morison has for Millwall, as they were the club he wanted to return to – and it’s fair to say that his return went very well!
Whilst Leeds fans won’t think much of the striker, he is certainly appreciated at The Den following his service over the years.
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