Morgan playing for Nottingham Forest in 2002
|Full name||Westley Nathan Morgan|
|Date of birth||21 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Current club||Leicester City|
|2003||→ Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:57, 30 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Westley Nathan "Wes" Morgan (born 21 January 1984) is an English born Jamaican footballer who plays for and captains Leicester City as a defender. He spent a majority of his career with his boyhood club, Nottingham Forest where he had been a regular at centre-back for the club for several years before moving to Leicester City in January 2012. He was Nottingham Forest's longest-serving player before his move to the King Power Stadium.
Born in Nottingham, having been rejected by Nottingham Forest's near neighbours Notts County at the age of 15, Morgan had contemplated abandoning football as a career option, but then the chance came to join Forest.
Following a series of stellar performances in the youth team the central defender made his debut on 12 August 2003 against Port Vale at the age of 19, and throughout the 2003–04 season managed to hold down a place in the first team, playing alongside several partners including ex-England international Des Walker, and Michael Dawson, who also went on to play for the national side.
In the 2007–08 campaign, Morgan was a virtual ever-present in defence, as he helped Forest gain automatic promotion finishing second in the league, as Forest were promoted from League One to the Championship. His only goal of the season came in a 2–0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. Morgan helped Forest keep 24 clean sheets in all that season, the record for the league, helping him secure his first honour of his career.
Morgan found it hard adapting to life back in the Championship during the first half of the 2008–09 season, with Forest languishing in the relegation zone by Christmas. Following the dismissal of Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day 2008, and the arrival of Billy Davies soon after, Morgan and the Forest defence looked far more solid as the season progressed which eventually lead to the Reds retaining their Championship status. At the end of the 2008–09 season he had made a total of 274 appearances in all competitions, including 255 starts.
October 2011 saw Wes Morgan make his 400th appearance for Nottingham Forest against Hull City in a match in which he was also handed the captaincy.
On 20 January 2012, Nottingham Forest announced they rejected a bid for Morgan from bitter rivals Leicester City.
On 30 January 2012, Wes Morgan joined East Midland rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1m. As a result of his performances towards the end of the 2011/12 season, he was awarded with the Leicester City captaincy ahead of the 2012/13 season. His impressive performances early on earnt him a nomination for Championship Player of the Month for September.
On 1 September, 2013, Morgan was called up to the Jamaican squad for the first time. He made his debut in a 0-0 draw against Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City on 7 September 2013.
- As of 30 October 2013.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2002–03||Kidderminster Harriers (loan)||Third Division||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
|Kidderminster Harriers Career Total||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||1|
|2002–03||Nottingham Forest||First Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nottingham Forest Career Total||352||12||20||0||20||1||10||1||402||14|
|Leicester City Career Total||74||1||5||0||3||1||2||0||83||1|
- Nottingham Forest
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- Includes Football League Play-offs and Football League Trophy matches.