ROTHERHAM UNITED: No Joshing... new man has quite a start

Good start: Newcomer Josh Morris is delighted to be with Millers.
Good start: Newcomer Josh Morris is delighted to be with Millers.
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IT is certainly not unknown for a newcomer to be looked on favourably when making his debut. A bit of leeway is often afforded and judgement can be generous over that first sighting.

But there were no grey area over the first sighting of Rotherham United’s new left back Josh Morris and it may be suggested that the generosity of praise after his debut was fully justified.

The 21-year-old, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, had an outstanding first game and appeared to get better and better over the 90 minutes.

Of course, many a player has failed to live up to that first, adrenalin-fuelled, appearance in new surroundings and Morris will certainly get a stiffer test in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to League One high fliers Stevenage.

But it was definitely a debut full of promise and one which justified the belief that Millers manager Steve Evans had in him.

It was a blow when Bob Harris returned to Blackpool last week (he was on their bench at the weekend) for he had filled in very nicely indeed at left back.

The player he had replaced, Laurie Wilson, was available again after injury but Evans elected to bring in Morris who he had seen play in pre-season for Blackburn.

“I’d very much liked the look of him and we sent our chief scout to check him out a couple of times recently and he’d suggested we go for him but we had Bob Harris at the time,” said Evans, who almost signed him for Crawley.

“When Bob went back, it was an easy decision to go for Josh. I spoke with him for 20 minutes and he was delighted to come.”

Morris, who has played half-a-dozen times for Blackburn, had been a regular during pre-season.

“I was looking forward to the season but it wasn’t to be and I’ve been playing with the Under 21s so, when Rotherham came in, it was a no-brainer for me to come and get first team football,” said Morris.

“I got a call Thursday afternoon, came across Friday and was shown the new stadium which is great.

“It’s a great set-up and you can see the aspirations of the club.

“For me, it’s not a step down but a step up because I’m playing first team football and I hate doing nothing on a Saturday afternoon, watching the results come in.

“I’m so glad to be here and I want to give it a right go and do well and help Rotherham progress,” he added.