Morgan back to boost Cowboys for Storm clash
Last week he didn't make it to the airport, this week Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan made it on to the flight to Melbourne, and is set to take the field for the Cowboys in their grand final rematch against the Melbourne Storm.
He still needs to successfully recover from his side's captain's run on Wednesday, having suffered an abdominal injury which has sidelined him for the first two games of the season.
Coach Paul Green says he is more confident that Morgan will play than he was last week.
"We've still got a session to get through yet, but he's done pretty well after training yesterday so we're a lot more hopeful than we were last week," Green said.
"With this type of injury it's one thing to train but it's also how it pulls up, it's been good so far this week, but we've only trained once this week, so fingers crossed it's heading in the right direction but at this stage we can't confirm.
"We're preparing more so that he will be playing rather than he won't be playing but we still have another session to get though yet."
Morgan is chomping at the bit to take the field, after being forced to watch on from the sidelines for the last two games.
It's a stark contrast to where he was at the end of last year, as the centre of the Cowboys' attacking machine.
"He's been pretty keen since the kick-off, it's pretty tough when you're injured and you're seeing what your teammates are going through and there's not much you can do about it to actually help," Green said.
Although Morgan will definitely add more attacking options to the Cowboys' arsenal, Green isn't looking for him to solely relieve the pressure on Johnathan Thurston.
The coach also hasn't bought into the idea that his side sat back and watched Thurston go to work in last week's loss to Brisbane, and is confident that won't be the case this week either.
"Opposition teams are always going to pressure [Johnathan Thurston], so it's about everyone doing their job," he said.
"There's been a bit said this week about guys letting JT do all the work, but I don't think that's the case.
"It's just about everyone understanding what their role is and making sure they go out and do that as best they can, I think in a few areas last week we were probably a little but off from that point of view."