IT IS now or never for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ new signing Sean Morris.
The pacy back has moved to Belle Vue on a one-year contract and admits time is running out for him to make the breakthrough into Super League.
Morris – who played three times for the dark blues in the rugby union varsity match – had previous spells with Oxford and London Broncos, but has yet to play in the top-flight.
“It is a massive opportunity for me,” Morris said after reporting in to begin pre-season training this week.
“I think it is a make or break year for me. I am 26 now so I am getting on a bit and this is an opportunity to play with a top club and a team who have got something to prove.
“It feels like a team who are going to go pretty well, so it is a huge opportunity for me to see where I stand and if I can kick on.”
Morris has had to relocate and he admitted: “It is tough moving away from family and friends, but I think I am a bit nomadic.
“I grew up in Essex and went to Oxford to university.
“I lived there for seven years, so it is a bit weird to leave, but it all fits in quite nicely.
“It was too good an opportunity to miss, coming to a Super League club with all the history Wakefield have got.
“It wasn’t a hard decision, though it is hard leaving family and friends.”
Morris was among the first batch of Wakefield players to begin preparations for the 2016 campaign. The rest will report in next week.
“There’s a good vibe in the camp and I’m sure everybody’s looking forward to it,” Morris said.
“There’s definitely a good feeling in the squad, but we are going to have to put in some hard work in the next 10-12 weeks to make sure we start well and turn things around from last year.
“We are going to work as hard as we can to make sure we start well. So far it has been good, they have just eased us in quite nicely.
“It has been a gentler start than you might expect, but that’s just to get our bodies prepped for the weeks that follow, which will be pretty intense.”
Pre-season is no player’s favourite time of the year.
Morris said: “It’s cold, although not at the moment, wet and miserable. It is a tough period of the year, but if we can get the hard work done it will stand us in good stead.”
The prospect of working with coach Brian Smith was a major factor in Morris’ move to Wildcats.
“If you asked any player, they’d be really up to work with Brian Smith,” he stated.
“In the little bits we’ve done so far, in the first few days, he has shown the qualities he has to offer.”
Wildcats’ squad looks like having more attacking options next term and Morris will add to that.
He can play full-back or wing, but described himself as an “outside-back” and said: “I think what position I play will materialise as the weeks go on.”