OWLS striker Clinton Morrison is on a mission to rejuvenate his career after believing he let down his family, fans and himself last season.
Morrison rates the 2010-11 campaign as his worst but he is determined to try to earn a regular place in the side and keep scoring after he expertly notched his first League goal since February in the draw at Charlton.
He insists: “I know when I play, when I’m fit, I can score goals. I just want to be given a chance. First and foremost, last season I was nowhere near up to scratch. I didn’t have a pre-season at all. I wasn’t doing the business and didn’t deserve to play. I accept that.
“This season I think I’ve come in and worked hard. I think I scored a good goal at Blackburn [in the Carling Cup]. I’ve been creating chances for others and working hard.”
He ran the length of the field to celebrate his Valley goal in front of his mum Angela: “It was for her, because over the last three or four months I’ve probably been a pain to her, my missus and two kids, because I’ve been disppointed; I want to play.”
He was dropped to the bench at Charlton and was sent on when Ryan Lowe, himself a sub, went off injured.
“Lowey was sent on, which is fair enough because when you’ve got a top scorer in the division he deserves to play,” conceded Morrison
“Any striker wants to go on and prove a point. I’m enjoying it here, I want to be a success. The fans have stuck with me; they could easily have turned on me before. I think now I’ve got my fitness back you can see it in my general play. I’m well happy as a person. My head’s right - it wasn’t last season.
“I just want to work hard now and and try to get into the team.
“I’ve scored goals throughout my career. Last year was bad; I don’t think I’ve had one like that before.
“I let down a lot of fans, myself and my family. Hopefully this year I can get my head right and keep it going.
“I’m determined to do well for everyone.”