Josh Morris (footballer)

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Josh Morris
Personal information
Full name Joshua Francis Morris[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Preston, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bradford City
Number 14
Youth career
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Blackburn Rovers 20 (0)
2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Rotherham United (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Carlisle United (loan) 6 (0)
2014 Fleetwood Town (loan) 14 (2)
2014–2015 Fleetwood Town (loan) 45 (8)
2015– Bradford City 3 (1)
National team
2011 England U20 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:14, 18 August 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Joshua Francis Morris (born 30 September 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Bradford City as a left sided defender or midfielder, but can also play as a central midfielder.

Career[edit]

Born in Preston, England, Morris joined Blackburn Rovers since he was thirteen.[2]

On 15 September 2010, Morris signed a two-year deal until the summer 2012 with an option of a further year at Ewood Park.[2] A product of Rovers youth system, he made his first league appearance in the 7–1 defeat by Manchester United on 27 November 2010, supplying the assist for Rovers' goal.[3] Morris went on to make four appearance for the club in the 2010-11 season.

His first appearance in the 2011–12 season was as a substitute in Blackburn's 3–2 victory against Manchester United.[4] With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, on 22 February 2012, Morris signed a new 2 12-year deal at the club.[5] With Blackburn Rovers already relegated, Morris made another appearance in the last game of the season, coming on as a substitute for Mauro Formica, in a 2-1 loss against Chelsea.[6]

In the 2012-13 season, Morris spent the first half of the season being at the reserve and was loaned out to Rotherham United. Morris made his first appearance for Blackburn Rovers, where he came on as a substitute for Rubén Rochina in the 80th minutes, in a 1-1 draw against Wolves on 11 January 2013.[7] Towards the end of the 2012-13 season, Morris became a regular starter as a left-back following defensive crisis and went on to make seven starts.[8]

In the 2013-14 season, Morris made his first Blackburn Rovers appearance, coming on as a substitute for Jason Lowe in the 74th minutes, in a 5-2 win over Barnsley on 24 August 2013.[9] By the first half of the season, Morris went on to make four appearance for the club. Following his return from Carlisle United, Morris was an un-used substitute for five matches, as well as, playing in the reserve once.[10]

Loan Spells from Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 22 March 2012, Morris signed for Football League One side Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[11] Morris made his Yeovil Town two days later, playing as a left-midfielder, in a 1-0 loss against Hartlepool United.[12] Morris made five appearance for the club despite suffering an illness that saw him missed three matches before returning to his parent club.[13][14]

Morris signed for Rotherham United on loan on 25 October 2012, until January with the potential for an extension of until the end of the season.[15] Morris made his Rotherham United debut the next day, playing as a left-back, in a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.[16] However, Morris suffered a knock, which put an end to his loan spell at Rotherham United and made five appearance for the club.[17]

On 28 November 2013, Morris joined League One side Carlisle United on loan until 1 January 2014.[18] Morris made his Carlisle United debut two days later, coming on as a substitute for Matty Robson in the 55th minutes, in a 3-1 loss against Swindon Town.[19] Morris made his final appearance for the club, in a 2-1 loss against Crewe Alexandra before returning to his parent club.[20]

On 25 February 2014, Morris joined League Two side Fleetwood Town on a one-month loan.[21] On the same day, Morris made his Fleetwood Town debut, coming on as a substitute for Mark Roberts in the 64th minutes, in a 4-0 loss against Plymouth Argyle.[22] After making seven appearance, it was announced on 27 March 2014, Morris agreed to stay with Fleetwood until the end of the 2013–14 season.[23] Morris then scored two goals in two matches against Cheltenham Town[24] and Wycombe Wanderers.[25] His performance in April saw Morris being awarded for Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month for April.[26] Morris was also involved in three matches in the play-offs, including the final, where he started, as Fleetwood won 1-0 against Burton Albion on 26 May, which won promotion to League One.[27] Following this, Morris made his return to his parent club, with Manager Gary Bowyer considered using Morris next season.[28][29]

On 10 July 2014, it was announced that Morris would be joining Fleetwood on loan again until January 2015, who are now playing in League One.[30] Upon joining the club for the second time, Morris expressed his delight to make a return to the club.[31] Morris was also given number twelve shirt ahead of the new season.[32] Morris' first appearance in his second spell at Fleetwood Town came in the opening game of the season, in 2-1 win over Crewe.[33] It took until 20 September 2014 for Morris scored his first goal of the season and providing an assist for Jamie Proctor, in a 3-3 draw against Bristol City.[34] Morris scored three goals in two consecutive matches between 28 December 2014 and 3 January 2015 against Rochdale[35] and scoring a double against Swindon Town[36] Five days after scoring a brace, it was announced on 8 January 2015, Morris returned to Fleetwood on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[37] Morris then scored three goals in three consecutive appearance between 3 March 2015 and 14 March 2015 against Scunthorpe United,[38] Sheffield United[39] and Rochdale.[40] On the last game of the season, Morris scored his eighth goal of the season, in a 2-1 win over Port Vale.[41] Morris made forty-five appearance and scored eight times. Following this, Morris returned to his parent club.[42]

Bradford City[edit]

With his contract at Blackburn Rovers at the end of the 2014-15 season,[43] On 1 July 2015, Morris signed for Bradford City on a three year deal.[44] Upon joining the club, Morris was given number fourteen shirt.[45]

Morris scored four minutes into his debut for the club againt Swindon Town on the opening day of the season, but a second-half hat-trick from Nathan Byrne eventually condemned Bradford to a 4-1 defeat.[46]

International career[edit]

In February 2011, Morris was called up by England U20 and made his England U20 debut against France U20 on 9 February 2011.[47] Morris was called up by FIFA U-20 World Cup in July 2011 and went on to make two appearance.[48]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 August 2015.[49]
Club Season League Cup[50] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2010–11 Premier League 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2013–14 Championship 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Blackburn Total 20 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2011–12 League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2012–13 League Two 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2013–14 League One 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2013–14 League Two 14 2 3 0 0 0 17 2
2014–15 League One 45 8 2 0 0 0 47 8
Bradford City 2015–16 League One 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1
Career Total 98 11 9 0 0 0 107 11

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  50. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup, FA Community Shield and Football League play-offs

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