Sean Morrison (footballer)

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Sean Morrison
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Morrison playing for Cardiff City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Sean Joseph Morrison[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
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)
2009–2010 Southend United (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2014 Reading 38 (4)
2011 Huddersfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Huddersfield Town (loan) 19 (1)
2014– Cardiff City 106 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:11, 18 March 2017 (UTC).

Sean Joseph Morrison (born 8 January 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City, as a centre back. He stands 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), and is eligible to represent both England and the Republic of Ireland at international level.[2]

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]

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 playing for Reading in 2013

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]

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 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]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 March 2017[37]
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 29 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 3
2016–17 36 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 38 3
Total 106 12 2 0 3 0 3 0 111 12
Career total 221 23 8 1 9 1 8 0 246 25
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the League One play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Paul Hyland (7 April 2011). "Fresh talent on Long list". Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  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. 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. ^ http://uk.soccerway.com/matches/2012/11/24/england/premier-league/wigan-athletic-football-club/reading-fc/1293810/
  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. ^ Sean Morrison at Soccerbase

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