Morley to bring curtain down at Salford

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27th June 2013

Veteran England forward Adrian Morley will end his career with his hometown club after confirming a move to Salford City Reds for 2014.

The 36-year-old prop will leave Warrington Wolves at the end of the season to link up with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble under the revolution at the Salford City Stadium being planned by new owner Marwan Koukash.

Koukash made Morley one of his first targets in his attempts to turn around the fortunes of Super League's bottom club, and the former Leeds Rhinos and Sydney Roosters forward today announced he has signed a one-year deal.

"I have had seven great years at Warrington and memories that will last a lifetime," Morley said.

"Not only will I leave with winners medals but, more importantly, with friendships that will last forever.

"The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I am very proud of my Salford roots and felt the time was right to finish my career at the club I supported as a young boy.

"However, there is still a lot of rugby to be played and so I will be more determined than ever to make 2013 a memorable season for the Warrington Wolves."

Noble, who signed Morley on a short-term deal for Bradford Bulls in 2005, is delighted to secure the services of the most capped England player, who remains a member of Steve McNamara's elite training squad.

"Adrian Morley is an outstanding legend in the game and I am thrilled we have attracted a player of his standing to Salford for next season, " Noble said.

"He brings with him a great example culturally, he has a lot of juice left in the legs and he has an emotional attachment to Salford.

"Adrian plays to a very high standard and it is a bonus to the fans that he is one of their own.

"Adrian is both a world-class person and player. He is a great communicator and knows what he wants after his life playing the game is finished.

"Going forward he is a fantastic ambassador for the game, never mind Salford."

Morley is Salford's second signing in 48 hours following the capture of Melbourne Storm's Kiwi centre Junior Sa'u, and Koukash has promised up to six more high-profile recruits for 2014.

"The Junior Sa'u move was received very well and people are now beginning to see what it is we are trying to do here," Noble said.

"What I will say is 'watch this space'."

Morley, who led the Wolves to three Challenge Cup final victories in the last four years, will be the second England front rower to leave the club at the end of the season after Bradford confirmed the signing of Garreth Carvell on a two-year contract earlier this week.

Warrington coach Tony Smith said: "I am delighted for Adrian to be able to finish off such a fantastic career at his hometown club.

"It's been a bit of a lifelong ambition for him to play for Salford and I know how hard it is for him to leave our club.

"He's found a great home here and has been a fantastic influence on this club for a number of years.

"For me personally, as head coach, he's been an outstanding skipper and a real quality person.

"I've got immense gratitude for his support since I've been here and I think he'll certainly go down as one of the best all-time signings for Warrington.

"We wish him well for his future endeavour and no doubt Adrian will want to leave the club in the best possible fashion.

"I'd also like to wish Gaz well. We are grateful for the service he's given to the Warrington club and I'm sure he's also looking forward to finishing off what has been a terrific time at Warrington in the best possible way."

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