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Skipper Moro leaves Millwall and could return as a coach

Millwall wouldn't be in the Championship without the right boot of Steve Morison and so much more besides from our departing captain.

It was Morison’s experience and stealth that saw him lurk on the shoulder of Nathaniel Knight-Percival before stealing in at the back post to fire past Colin Doyle for the winning goal in the 2017 League One play-off final.

It was appropriate too that the assist was from Lee Gregory. The pair struck up an understanding from the start. Morison returned to Millwall from Leeds in the summer of 2015 and in the first game of that season he scored the equaliser against Shrewsbury at Greenhouse Meadow before Gregory struck for a 2-1 win in the first league game of Neil Harris’ first full season in charge.

Morison and Gregory scored 46 goals in all competitions that season as the Lions reached the League One play-off final against Barnsley. Half an hour before kick-off at Wembley, fate intervened and Morison experienced one of the low points of his professional career. Morison was supposed to lead the side out as captain, and in pre-match interviews spoke of the pride he would feel. But Byron Webster was injured in the warm-up, and that meant Tony Craig started for the first time since the previous October and wore the armband.

There were ructions in the dressing room, but it says a lot about Morison’s character that he was one of Millwall’s best performers on a disappointing day when they lost 3-1.

Morison admitted the episode had hurt him. Yet he returned the following season and was top scorer with 19 goals, one ahead of Gregory, as the Lions secured promotion at the second attempt.

From News at Den

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