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Roosters' premiership credentials the clincher for Morris

Departing Canterbury winger Brett Morris said the opportunity to win another premiership before retirement played a major role in his decision to join the Sydney Roosters next season.

Morris announced earlier in the week he will link up with the Tricolours for the next two years, knocking back several offers from rival clubs with the length of the deal and rich successful history at Bondi too good an opportunity to refuse.

The Roosters were quick to fill the void left by Blake Ferguson, who will leave at season's end to join Parramatta, with the recruitment of Morris and England winger Ryan Hall.

The 31-year-old also noted his father Steve's stint at the Roosters in 1987 as another drawcard to move East and finish his career.

"They're a club that's successful and being in the last couple of years in my career it's something that I want to achieve, success," Morris said.

"I want to try and win a competition. I did it with the Dragons in 2010 and it feels like an age. It's something that I'd love to finish my career with a premiership and the Roosters definitely have the squad to do that.

"For me personally I feel I still have a lot to give in the NRL. And this year while it's been tough I feel like I've played some consistent footy. That was the big thing for me."

Bulldogs winger Brett Morris will join the Roosters in 2019.
Bulldogs winger Brett Morris will join the Roosters in 2019. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

Brett's departure is in sync with brother Josh, who will join Cronulla on a two-year deal next season.

While fans were hoping for a fairytale finish together from the pair, Brett admitted it came down to business and the pair understood each other's decision.

"I've got three kids and he's got one," he said.

"Things change over time and you've got to do what's best for yourself.

"Obviously it would have been nice to finish together but it's not to be. A couple of years down the track we might be able to play together at Kiama.

"There were a few [offers]. It's nice to feel wanted, myself and Josh both love the game of rugby league and try to give it our all.

"We wear our hearts on our sleeves and still think we have a lot to offer."

Morris will leave behind four years at Belmore and as a senior player at the club feels it's the right time to step aside and allow for Canterbury's youth to come through the systems.

"A lot of guys here have probably played this level of footy a bit earlier than they expected and it's a tough gig," Morris said.

"They haven't looked out of place. The more games these guys get the better players they're going to be."

He admitted there was no certainty to his position in the line-up next season at the Roosters with the addition of Hall and incumbent winger Daniel Tupou on the left edge but welcomed the challenge.

"It's exciting, that's the way you start your career so why not finish it like that," he said.

"You're fighting for spots as a young fella and it's no different when you're older. If anything it brings out the best in you."

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