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He debuted against Preston, now Morris faces new Campbell

It is a sign of Josh Morris's longevity that his career may finish playing against a Gold Coast team with Jayden Campbell at fullback more than 14 years after making his NRL debut opposite the 21-year-old's famous father, Preston, in the Titans No.1 jersey.

Morris and Campbell were the rival fullbacks for the Dragons and Titans in the opening round of the 2007 season and the pair played against each other on another five occasions before the 2001 Dally M medallist hung up his boots in 2011.

A decade later, Morris is preparing for his own retirement and his illustrious career will come to an end after 324 matches if Jayden Campbell can help the eighth-placed Gold Coast to an upset defeat of the fifth-placed Roosters in Townsville on Saturday night.

"It makes you feel very old when you are playing against kids whose dad's you played against, but it also makes you feel proud that you have been able to maintain a level and a standard for so long that you have seen these kids coming through," Morris said.

The 35-year-old followed injured twin Brett (ACL) in announcing his retirement last month but still hopes to win an NRL premiership with the Sydney Roosters and takes confidence that the 2014 Canterbury Bulldogs team he played for made the grand final from seventh place.

Finals Factor: Sam Walker

If the Roosters are to progress further this season, a key player will be teen halfback Sam Walker, whose father Ben wore the No.7 jersey for South Sydney in one of Brett's first NRL games for the Dragons in 2006.

"It's pretty crazy that Brett played against Sammy's father and I get the chance to play against Preston's son," Morris said.

"You can certainly see bits of Preston in Jayden. I think Jayden is a bit bigger and he will fill out a bit more, probably a bit like Brett and myself. If we were our dad's size we probably would have struggled.

"He is lucky that he has got a bit more size but he has got that X-factor and excitement that Preston had as well.

"He will be a hard player to stop on Saturday. I wish Jayden all the best for this weekend and I feel like he has got a big career ahead of him, and he is an important member of the Titans moving forward."

Jayden has played six NRL matches this season, scoring five tries, and he revealed that he had turned to his father for advice about the finals.

Proctor excited by Jayden Campbell's form

"I'm still on a high. I was saying to my mum and dad the other day it's crazy how things can take off," Jayden said. "I'm pretty excited and I'm keen.

"The old boy doesn't say too much, I just asked him how he was before his first finals game and he said he was nervous.

"At the start of the game I get really nervous but when I get the first touch of the footy I'm alright. He said to go out and enjoy it."

Tedesco dares to dream of captaining a premiership

With his career now rapidly winding down, Morris intends to leave nothing in the tank against the Gold Coast in the knowledge that every match could be his last.

"We are happy with where we finished considering all the circumstances but it is a different ball game now, so we are all looking forward to that," Morris said.

"If you can draw some comparisons to 2014 [for the Bulldogs], we finished in seventh place and still made the grand final so it is not impossible.

"We are sitting in fifth, we have got a young squad here but we confident in our ability, and internally we believe we can win the comp and we are not just here to make up the numbers."

With Morris and second-rower Angus Crichton (suspension) returning in last weekend's defeat of Canberra, the Roosters are set to welcome back forwards Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (leg) and Victor Radley (suspension) for the elimination final.

 

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