Dyldam Parramatta Eels Centre Ryan Morgan is looking forward to returning to First Grade action this weekend when the Eels take on the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday 21 March.
Morgan, who has spent the past two weeks playing for the NSW Cup side Wentworthville Magpies, was called into Brad Arthur’s squad to replace an injured Beau Champion, and the 24-year-old is looking forward to the opportunity to cement his spot in the team.
“I am looking forward to running back out there in First Grade,” Morgan said of his call up.
“I have spent the last couple of weeks playing for the Wentworthville Magpies but hopefully I can cement my spot this week.”
Morgan has performed strongly for the Magpies in the opening two rounds of the NSW Cup competition, and the centre credits it to some of the pre-season work he has put in under the close watch of Arthur.
“The pre-season has been good. I have been working on what Brad has told me to work on and just getting more involved,” Morgan said.
“I am getting a bit of confidence back there so hopefully I can transfer it into this week.”
Morgan featured in 13 games for the Blue and Gold in the 2014 season, and after missing selection in the opening two rounds, the centre did admit it was frustrating at times, however he is looking forward to the opportunity to prove his re-call.
“It’s always frustrating not being in First Grade. That is what I want to play and I am pretty sure everybody in this team wants to play first grade so it gets a bit frustrating at times but its all part of the job and I just have to prove it with my form.”
“It’s unfortunate for Beau Champion but I am looking forward to this week and making the position my own” he added.
The centre took part in last seasons defeat to the Warriors, and is expecting another big clash from the New Zealand side who plays it’s first home game of the season.
“The Warriors are always tough in New Zealand, no matter how they are travelling, but they had a good win last week and I am expecting they will be really strong”