Morris prepared to wait a bit longer for first grade start
RUGBY LEAGUE: He is touted as one of the best young back rowers in the country.
But despite being in Parramatta's top 25, Gympie rugby league talent Jack Morris says a first grade start may be a way off yet.
Gearing up to play Newton at Wentworthville tomorrow, Morris is biding his time in the New South Wales Cup.
While he is reluctant to speculate when he will get the first grade call up, he told The Gympie times he was prepared to wait.
"BA (Eels coach Brad Arthur) said he is happy with how I have been going.
"He wants me to be more aggressive and stamp my mark on the game more.”
Named in the Queensland under-20 State of Origin side last season, Morris said the step up to senior football had been a steep learning curve.
"It is a lot more physical,” Morris said. "Most of the sides we play are made up of full-time professional players. They are fit, strong and intense.
"There is pressure to perform, if we are not executing what they want, the coaches get angry.”
Morris currently sits behind Beau Scott, Tepai Moeroa and Manu Ma'u in the NRL squad pecking order.
However, he said the older players had been nothing but supportive in his goal or reaching first grade this year.
"The back rowers we have at this club are exceptional,” Morris said.
"I am happy to grind it out for a year or two in the New South Wales Cup if that's what it takes.”
Morris is contracted to the Eels until the end of 2018.