Owls: Is loan deal final whistle for strike ace Morrison?

Out of favour:Veteran striker Clinton Morrison.

Out of favour:Veteran striker Clinton Morrison.

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CLINTON Morrison may well have played his last game for Sheffield Wednesday after his move to Brentford.

The striker will be out on loan at Griffin Park for the rest of the season and his contract runs out in the summer.

He was not in Dave Jones’ side and was largely out of favour under Gary Megson, though he still hoped that his experience could benefit younger players and help the club in some way during the promotion campaign.

Morrison a few weeks ago also waived a clause in his contract that entitled him to a new deal if he played a certain number of games, in the hope that his selection chances would be improved.

But the club’s willingness to let him go out on loan for the second time this season plus the loan signing of Nile Ranger seem to put the writing on the wall.

Morrison joins a mid-table club who play Rochdale at home today.

If indeed his Hillsborough career is at an end then it will be regarded as not having quite come up to what probably he and fans hoped for when Alan Irvine signed him on a free from Coventry.

He has made 42 league and cup starts, 30 appearances as a sub, and scored 14 goals, but also contributed infectious enthusiasm, and enjoyed his time at the club and his rapport with supporters.

Brentford see him as a replacement for Gary Alexander, another 30-plus striker, who scored 14 goals this season before leaving for Crawley earlier this month.

Morrison, aged 32, is replaced by Ranger in a Wednesday striker pool that includes Ryan Lowe, Gary Madine and Chris O’Grady.

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