Owls: £250,000 Morrison poised for Purse role

NEW signing Michael Morrison is ready to step into the gap left by Darren Purse.

Morrison is the favourite to take Purse's role as the Owls' right-side centre-back, beginning at Leyton Orient today.

It would be a return to the position that the 22-year-old regards as his best.

Not that the 250,000 signing is grumbling about having had to play his first two games for Wednesday at right-back.

He said: "I feel that defensively I can do a job at right-back. As the games go on, and we start bedding the team down, I feel I can help more when we go forward as well.

"I've played centre-half since I was a kid. I probably prefer it there but I'll give 100 per cent wherever the gaffer wants me to play."

Alan Irvine does have other options for the Matchroom Stadium clash but it is understood that Morrison is regarded as Purse's centre-back successor whether it is sooner or later.

Morrison just wants to play well enough to keep his place no matter what his position.

He also hopes the Owls can repeat consistently the form they showed in the second-half fightbacks of their last two games: the 3-0 win at Bristol City and the 2-2 draw with Charlton:

"You couldn't have predicted that we'd finish the Bristol City game that strongly. Then we were looking to take that form into the next game. It didn't really happen," he said.

"Hopefully this time we take the second-half form of the Charlton game into the first half at Leyton Orient."

Purse, who has signed for Millwall for the rest of the season, said: "I wish the lads good luck. It was a pleasure working with them and I'm sure the quality is there for a successful season.

"I would also like to thank Alan Irvine, Rob Kelly, Billy Barr and Andy Rhodes. It is a top-class coaching staff.

"It has been a privilege to captain Wednesday and I wish the club the very best."

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