Morris's Four Nations hopes in Bulldogs' hands
In-form Canterbury flyer Brett Morris says he hasn't even considered returning to rep football after a long injury lay-off, but revealed his Four Nations availability could come down to what his club wants.
Morris has been in scintillating form since returning from a long-term knee injury in Round 16, scoring nine tries in seven games including a double on Thursday night in a golden point win against Manly that shored up his team's top-four hopes.
"To be honest I'm not even thinking about [rep football]," Morris said.
"I've just worried about getting out there each week and trying to do my best for the club. I missed a lot of footy at the start of the year and for me it's just about trying to play consistent footy week in week out for the club. I haven't even thought about rep footy to be honest.
"I think with the way the knee's been and I had a hamstring injury last year it's just about doing what's right for the club and to be honest I haven't thought about rep footy at all."
Morris returned just in time to get two games under his belt before Origin III (scoring five tries in those two games) but emphatically ruled himself out of being rushed back into the Origin arena at the time.
This time around, Morris isn't ruling himself out of contention for Australia but suggested the decision could be taken out of his hands.
"I think it's something we'll have to reassess at the end of the year, whether the club wants me to go in for a surgery or whatever," Morris said.
"That's totally up to them but there's still a lot of footy to be played in between then and a lot of things can happen."
For now Morris is just relieved to be getting some kilometres in the legs out on the field and racking up some tries in the process. His said he troublesome knee is getting better by the week but still requires a close eye in terms of monitoring his workload.
"Every week the knee gets better and I get more confidence in it," Morris said.
The wingers said club medical staff closely monitored his workload at training due to the short turnaround that he didn't get out on the field at all ahead of the Manly game until the captain's run the day before the match.
"The main thing is getting it right for games. Every game it feels better and I get more confident and the strength comes and the agility and all that sort of stuff," he said.
Morris could afford a laugh about the first of his two tries against Manly – without question the most unusual of his nine tries this season – scored in the corner when a Moses Mbye bullet pass ricocheted into the in-goal right off the forehead of his twin brother Josh.
"We had a laugh about it; I suppose it's just one of those things, you always just play to the whistle and we've seen tries scored in the past off the melon so I followed through with it so it was nice to get the points that time," Morris smiled.
"He's claiming a try assist already. We'll tick that one down to luck I suppose."