ASSISTANT coach Glenn Morrison has admitted that it was only when Wakefield Trinity Wildcats travelled to Leeds Rhinos for the Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day that it sank in that his playing days were over.
Morrison started the pre-season looking forward to contributing as player and assistant to first-team boss Richard Agar, but an innocuous collision during training in November resulted in a shoulder injury that has forced the Australian to call time on his playing career.
An operation in which screws were inserted into a rebuilt shoulder resulted in the 35-year-old wearing a sling for the last six weeks and consigned last year’s skipper to a six-month recovery period. And the realisation that he will not play again is only just dawning on Morrison, who said: “It didn’t really sink in until we went to Leeds.
“Since the injury I have felt like a player on his way back to full fitness even though I knew I wasn’t playing.”
Morrison will now concentrate on his roles as assistant to Agar’s first team and head coach of the Wildcats U20s. He said: “I am working with a great bunch of blokes at Wakefield and they have made the transition from playing to coaching full-time much easier for me.
“I have coached throughout my career and I worked with the U20s last season so I have a good relationship with the players already.
“The days are long and there is a lot of work that has to be done behind the scenes but I am really enjoying it.”
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