Sean Morrison (footballer)

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Sean Morrison
Sean Morrison 2018-05-06 1.jpg
Morrison celebrating winning promotion with Cardiff City in 2018
Personal information
Full name Sean Joseph Morrison[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2007 Plymouth Argyle
2007–2008 Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Swindon Town 50 (6)
2009–2010Southend United (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2014 Reading 38 (4)
2011Huddersfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
2012Huddersfield Town (loan) 19 (1)
2014– Cardiff City 154 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:28, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Sean Joseph Morrison (born 8 January 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Cardiff City.

Club career[edit]

Swindon Town[edit]

Born in Plymouth, Devon, Morrison signed for Swindon Town from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2007, signing a professional contract in February 2008,[3] before being handed a squad number in March 2008.[4] Swindon manager Maurice Malpas announced on 8 April 2008 that he would like to see Morrison and fellow youth player Ben Joyce in some first-team action,[5] and Morrison made his debut on 26 April 2008 against Gillingham, coming on as a first-half substitute for Jerel Ifil.[6] He made his first start for Swindon on the final day of the season, 3 May 2008, in a 2–1 victory over Millwall.[7] He scored his first goal for the club on 25 October 2008, in a 2–0 victory against Oldham Athletic.[8] Morrison signed a one-month loan deal with Southend United on 14 November 2009,[9] which was extended in December.[10] Southend hoped to extend his loan in January 2010,[11] although he eventually returned to Swindon later that same month.[12]

Reading[edit]

Morrison playing for Reading in 2013

On 14 January 2011, Swindon Town and Reading reached an agreement to transfer Morrison after a release-clause in the player's contract was activated,[13] with the deal completing four days later.[14] On 23 March 2011, it was announced that he would join Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season, with Reading retaining 24-hour recall after the first month.[15] Having made no appearances whilst on loan, Reading recalled Morrison from Huddersfield on 19 April.[16] He made his Reading debut in a 2–1 defeat against Charlton Athletic in the League Cup second round on 23 August 2011, scoring a consolation goal in his first appearance for the club.[17]

Morrison's first appearance in the 2012–13 season came in the 3–2 League Cup victory over Queens Park Rangers on 26 September where he came on as a second-half substitute. He then started against Arsenal in the next round on 30 October in a game which Reading lost 7–5.[18] On 2 October, he signed a new deal with Reading, keeping him at the club until 2016.[19]

He made his Premier League debut against QPR on 4 November 2012[20] and scored his first league goal against Wigan Athletic three weeks later.[21]

In August 2013 Morrison was handed the Reading captaincy in the absence of regular captain Jobi McAnuff. He described the event as "an honour".[22] On 10 December 2013, Morrison extended his contract with Reading until the summer of 2017.[23]

Huddersfield Town (loan)[edit]

On 24 January 2012, Morrison re-joined Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season.[24] He made his debut four days later in their 1–1 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park[25] and scored his first goal for the club in the 3–3 draw away to Bury on 3 March. Morrison scored his penalty in the play-off final penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United, which Huddersfield won, promoting them to the Championship.

Cardiff City[edit]

Morrison playing for Cardiff City in 2015

On 15 August 2014, Morrison signed a four-year contract with Cardiff City, making his debut four days later against Wigan Athletic.[26][27] Morrison opened his account for Cardiff scoring the opener in a 2–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday before scoring a brace against Bournemouth.[28][29]

Morrison was handed the captain's armband at the start of the following season, in the absence of Club Captain, David Marshall.[30] Morrison was ever-present in the Bluebirds starting eleven before suffering a knee injury during a 1–0 loss to Birmingham City on 19 December 2015, ruling him out for a month.[31] He returned on 5 March 2016, coming on for Lee Peltier in a 2–0 win against Severnside rivals Bristol City.[32] Morrison saw Cardiff miss out on a play-off place after losing to Sheffield Wednesday, before receiving an operation, meaning he would miss the final game of the season and potentially the start of the next season.[33][34]

Morrison (holding trophy left) lifts the 2017–18 EFL Championship runner-up trophy with manager Neil Warnock.

Morrison returned in time of the new season and was named as captain in Cardiff's 1–0 loss to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup.[35] In September, he was named as club captain, following the sale of David Marshall.[36] Morrison made 46 appearances, scoring 4 goals during the season.

During summer 2017, fellow Championship club, Sheffield Wednesday, tabled a £3 million bid for Morrison, which manager, Neil Warnock, stated "wouldn't even buy one of Morrisons legs".[37] He later committed to Cardiff, signing a 3-year contract.[38] His first goal of the season, against Sheffield United, led to Cardiff to win their three opening games of the season, for the first time in their history.[39] In February, Morrison scored three goals in five games, as well as keeping 3 clean sheets, which led to him being nominated for EFL Championship Player of the Month.[40] Morrison was named Cardiff City Player of the Year as he captained the side to second place in the Championship, winning promotion to the Premier League.[41]

International career[edit]

Morrison is eligible to represent both England and the Republic of Ireland at international level.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 May 2018[43]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swindon Town 2007–08 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008–09 20 1 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 23 1
2009–10 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 1
2010–11 19 4 3 1 0 0 3[a] 0 25 5
Total 50 6 3 1 2 0 5 0 60 7
Southend United (loan) 2009–10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Reading 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
2012–13 16 2 3 0 2 0 21 2
2013–14 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
2014–15 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Total 38 4 3 0 4 1 0 0 45 5
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 19 1 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 22 1
Total 19 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 22 1
Cardiff City 2014–15 41 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 6
2015–16 30 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 32 3
2016–17 44 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 46 4
2017–18 39 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 43 7
Total 154 20 5 0 4 0 0 0 163 20
Career total 269 31 11 1 10 1 8 0 298 33
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the League One play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual

  • Cardiff City Player of the Year: 2017–18[41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Cardiff City" (PDF). English Football League. p. 12. Retrieved 17 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ "Player profile". Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Morrison handed squad number". Swindon Town F.C. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Swindon youngsters to get chance". BBC Sport. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gillingham 1–1 Swindon". BBC Sport. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Swindon 2–1 Millwall". BBC Sport. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Swindon 2–0 Oldham". BBC Sport. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Southend sign Swindon's Morrison". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Southend are set to extend the loan of Sean Morrison". BBC Sport. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Southend United eye Sean Morrison loan extension". BBC Sport. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sean Morrison relishes his return to Swindon Town". BBC Sport. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Swindon Town to sell defender Sean Morrison to Reading". BBC Sport. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Reading sign duo Sean Morrison and Brett Williams". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Reading loan Sean Morrison to Huddersfield Town". BBC Sport. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  16. ^ "Huddersfield Town loan defender Sean Morrison recalled". BBC Sport. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Royals knocked out by unbeaten Addicks". Reading FC. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Royals stunned by Gunners". Reading FC. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Morrison pens new deal". Reading F.C. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Royals share the spoils". Reading F.C. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Wigan Athletic vs. Reading - 24 November 2012 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. 
  22. ^ "Morrison: "It was an honour"". Reading F.C. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Morrison seals new deal". Reading Official Website. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Huddersfield Town sign Reading's Sean Morrison on loan". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Tranmere 1 – 1 Huddersfield". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Morrison signs for Cardiff". Reading F.C. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "Cardiff City 1–0 Wigan Athletic". BBC Sport. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Cardiff City 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday". 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "Bournemouth 5–3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  30. ^ Gareth Rodgers, Daniel Bevan (25 September 2015). "Cardiff City Fan Zone: Why Sean Morrison must prove he CAN be captain for the rest of the season". South Wales Echo. Wales Online. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Sean Morrison: Cardiff City defender out for at least a month". BBC Sport. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  32. ^ "Bristol City 0–2 Cardiff City". BBC Sport. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  33. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 Cardiff City". BBC Sport. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  34. ^ Tucker, Steve (6 May 2016). "Cardiff City defender Sean Morrison undergoes operation that may see could him miss start of next season". South Wales Echo. Wales Online. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  35. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1–0 Cardiff City". BBC Sport. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  36. ^ "Confirmed: Morrison named as City Skipper". Cardiff City Official Site. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  37. ^ Abbandonato, Paul (9 June 2017). "The full reasons why Cardiff City turned down shock £3m Sheffield Wednesday bid for skipper Morrison". Wales Online. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  38. ^ "Sean Morrison: Cardiff City captain signs new contract". BBC Sport. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  39. ^ "Cardiff City 2–0 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  40. ^ "Sean Morrison nominated for February Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month". Cardiff City F.C. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  41. ^ a b "All the winners from Cardiff City's awards night as Bluebirds toast Premier League return". WalesOnline. 6 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
  42. ^ Paul Hyland (7 April 2011). "Fresh talent on Long list". Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  43. ^ Sean Morrison at Soccerbase

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