Bulldogs.com.au takes a look back at the year that was for Josh Morris, including highlights and stats.
This time last year a hobbled Josh Morris limped into the 2014 NRL finals after struggling to recover from a PCL injury suffered in last year's Origin...
Bulldogs.com.au spoke with centre Josh Morris after the 20-18 victory over the Newcastle Knights in round 25.
Josh Morris has spoken ahead of Friday’s match and the importance of continuing to register victories as the club heads towards finals.
In the wake of a spate of charges being handed down for shoulder charges, three of which will be challenged at the judiciary, Bulldogs centre Josh Mor...
- Date of Birth: 23-08-1986
- Height: 184
- Weight: 94
- Position: Centre
- Rep. Honours: 3 Tests for Australia (2009; 11); Four Nations (09; 11); 6 games NSW (09); NRL All Stars (10); Country Origin (07; 11)
- Junior Clubs: Kiama Knights
- Previous Clubs: St George Illawarra (2007-08)
- FG Debut: St. George-Illawarra v Gold Coast, Suncorp Stadium, 18/03/2007 (Rd 1)
- Club Debut: v Manly, ANZ Stadium, 14/03/2009 (Rd 1)
- Instagram: jmozzle
Morris made his NRL debut in Round 1 of season 2007 against the newly formed Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium, playing two seasons and 46 NRL matches for the Dragons in a variety of backline positions.
He made his representative debut for Country in the 2007 City v Country match, while in 2008 he played wing in the Prime Minister's XIII side in its match against Papua New Guinea.
Josh Morris made an immediate impact on his arrival at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for the 2009 NRL season, finishing with the Dally M Centre of the Year crown as well as scoring 20 regular season tries and 22 in total for the year.
The twin brother of former Dragons team mate Brett Morris and the son of Dragon great Steve Slippery Morris, Josh headed into round 26 of that year equal with his sibling on 19 tries apiece. That weekend, Josh scored one try in the Bulldogs loss to the Wests Tigers, while Brett crossed for three in the Dragons win over Parramatta to win an ongoing bet between the two.
Nonetheless, Joshs first year with the Bulldogs provided him plenty of highlights, seeing him earn his first NSW State of Origin jersey and his first Test cap for Australia.
Moving to the Bulldogs in 2009, he immediately settled into his preferred left centre spot, striking up a devastating combination with fellow new recruit Bryson Goodwin.
Together, the pair scored an amazing 42 tries down the Bulldogs left hand side for the year, helping the Club to within one win of a berth in the Grand Final.
He was selected in the 24-man squad for the Gilette Four Nations Tour at the end of the 2009 season and made his international debut for Australia against France at Charlety Stadium in Paris on 7 November, scoring two tries playing inside his brother Brett, who also scored twice.
In 2010, Morris was again in the thick of the action on the try scoring front for the Bulldogs, crossing for 14 tries to take his career tally to 56 in 90 matches a strike rate of 62 per cent.
Josh Morris was selected to play on the right wing against Wales in the 2011 Rugby League Four Nations.
At the 2012 Dally M Awards Morris was named the NRL's Centre of the Year after scoring 17 tries in the Bulldogs successful Minor Premiership.
Although Morris online found the try line five times in 2013, the Bulldogs centre was selected to play in the Prime Ministers VIII as well as the Australian World Cup squad.