CLINTON Morrison is relishing the prospect of spearheading Sheffield Wednesday’s attack in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Republic of Ireland international is expected to lead the line when the Owls meet Premier League outfit Birmingham City on Saturday.
Tooting-born forward Morrison started his career at Crystal Palace before moving to the Blues for £4.25m in July 2002.
In 87 league appearances in the top flight for Birmingham, Morrison plundered just 14 goals. After falling down in the pecking order at Birmingham, it was no major surprise when he re-joined Palace in August 2005.
But Morrison says he is looking forward to returning to St Andrews as Wednesday look to cause a Cup upset.
“It is always good to play against the best players and that is what every individual should strive to achieve,” said Morrison, who has bagged five goals in the competition this season, including two penalties in the fourth round success over Hereford United.
“It’s nice to play against that sort of level, to test yourself and see where you’re at.”
Two years ago, Morrison reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Coventry City.
The Sky Blues chalked up victories over Kidderminster, Torquay and Blackburn, in a replay, before bowing out to eventual winners Chelsea.
Morrison, who turns 32 in May, said: “Chelsea brought the big boys John Terry and Frank Lampard to our place.
“It was a great experience to play against world class players. We only got beat 2-0 and we did ourselves proud.
“We hardly got a kick in the game and that goes to show the big difference between the Championship and the Premier League.”
The trip to Carling Cup finalists Birmingham is, arguably, a welcome distraction for Gary Megson’s side considering the team’s alarming slide down the table in League One.
Wednesday suffered a seventh consecutive away defeat at Tranmere Rovers in midweek and chairman Milan Mandaric has yet to taste a league win since officially taking over the South Yorkshire club in mid-December.
Speaking on his Twitter account before the club’s 3-0 setback on Merseyside, Morrison said: “Big game tomw, need 3 points badly, let’s give something for the fans to cheer about, we owe them that.”