Morris twins to go separate ways for career swansongs
Josh Morris is once again resigned to playing against his brother Brett as the two move away from the Bulldogs to continue their NRL careers separately.
Josh announced last week he would be heading to the Sharks in 2019 on a two-year deal, while Brett is also seeking a new club – another victim of the Bulldogs salary cap squeeze which already has forced out Moses Mbye and Aaron Woods.
Cronulla is not in the market to snare both Morris twins, so it seems the Roosters or Dragons are likely to be where Brett finds a home. He has ruled out Super League.
"It was great to play alongside him again for four years," Josh told NRL.com on Tuesday, having played more than 60 games with Brett at Canterbury and 25 alongside him at the Dragons (2007-2008).
"This is a professional game and you can't worry about stuff like that," he said when asked about the emotions of breaking up the brotherly partnership on the Bulldogs left edge, which so far this year has netted 12 tries.
"We spent numerous years apart so it was nice to be together again at the Dogs.
"We're not too worried about having to play against each other again.
"Brett congratulated me. He's happy for me and my decision. He's got a decision coming up in the next few weeks as he tries to sort out his contract.
"He'll do what's best for him and his family as well."
Josh is through all that wrangling, which occupied most of the 2018 Telstra Premiership season, and is happy to be heading to the Sharks.
"I'm glad it's been dealt with but I don't really want to talk about it just because it's a bit disrespectful to the playing group and the club.
"I'll just leave it there."
Josh, who turns 32 next month, harbours no ill-feeling towards the former Bulldogs administration, which back-ended his deal, or the new club bosses who couldn't afford him any more.
"Not at all. I think I've been very privileged to play 10 years at this club," he said.
"I leave here with many great memories, no bad ones. Nothing (regret) on my part definitely.
"It's a proud club. It's built on the back of tough people. The best thing about this club is the people in it – they just make the place.
"It's very special to come here each day."
Now all that's left is to finish 2018 on a high. It's been a pretty miserable year for results (4-13) but the Dogs attack has taken an upswing recently. The Bulldogs scored 10 tries in the win over the Knights and loss to the Raiders (round 16-17).
The linking of two young halves in Jeremy Marshall-King and Lachlan Lewis seems to be paying off.
"It's just the young fellas coming in full of enthusiasm," Josh said.
"They just want to go out there and have a crack. We're just trying to get on the back of that and help them out as much as possible.
"Probably the past month has been the most entertaining brand that we've played (this year) and hopefully we can cross the stripe, rather than get held up a couple of times.
"Be nice to score those tries and get some wins."