Morris coy on joining brother at Bulldogs

Morris coy on joining brother at Bulldogs

In-form St George Illawarra winger Brett Morris has played down the prospect of a reunion with brother Josh at the Bulldogs next season.
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Morris yesterday revealed he had deliberately held off contract negotiations to focus on securing a place in the Dragons line-up under Wayne Bennett.

Bulldogs recruitment boss Peter Mulholland yesterday said Morris was a "player of interest" for the club, with the future of goal-kicking winger Hazem El Masri in doubt beyond this year.

Since leaving St George Illawarra at the end of last season, Josh played a starring role for the Dogs in the opening rounds, scoring five tries before suffering a foot injury which will sideline him for several weeks.

Brett’s impressive early season form for the Dragons has resulted in him securing a starting wing position ahead of Kiwi international Jason Nightingale for Sunday’s clash with the Warriors.

Brett said yesterday he had not considered his future beyond this season.

"I’m just going out there every week and trying to do my job and trying not to give Wayne (Bennett) a reason to drop me," he said.

"I’m just going out there and trying my hardest and, at the moment, it’s paying off. The rest will take care of itself."

Mulholland admitted Brett’s name had been discussed during Bulldogs recruitment meetings.

"He is certainly a player of interest," Mulholland said.

"But we’ll just keep watching and monitoring, we’re in no hurry to move on recruitment.

"Brett is a specialist winger and we’re probably more looking for a centre-wing player, but it is certainly open for discussion."

Morris is one of several Dragons off contract at the end of this year, with prop Justin Poore and back-rower Ben Creagh among those negotiating new deals.

The Bulldogs are unlikely to chase either player after recruiting star forwards Ben Hannant, Michael Ennis, David Stagg and Greg Eastwood from the Broncos this year.

Mulholland said the Bulldogs’ immediate priority was to extend Eastwood’s contract, before looking to boost depth in the backline.

Ability in the outside backs is something the Dragons have no shortage of, with Morris acknowledging the battle for spots was ultra-competitive.

"I don’t think we’ve had this much depth in the past and all the guys who are there are playing really well at the moment," he said.

"It’s pretty tough to hold a spot and anyone can come in and do the job."