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Morgan plays down long-term Roos role

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Kangaroos five-eighth Michael Morgan is not getting ahead of himself, refusing to buy into suggestions that he is Australia's long-term five-eighth.

The 25-year-old's comments come as the Kangaroos before their Rugby League World Cup final match-up against England last night, with Morgan a huge part of why Australia's tournament has been so successful.

The North Queensland Cowboys star has played four games in the No.6 jersey, setting up four tries and scoring two of his own, with his four line breaks for the tournament the third highest of any Australian player — only bettered by flyers Billy Slater and Valentine Holmes.

With future immortal Johnathan Thurston retiring from representative football this year, Morgan has taken his opportunity to show that the Kangaroos are in good hands heading into the future.

However, Morgan is his own harshest critic and still believes improvement is needed to cement his position in the halves for the long run.

Speaking to media ahead of Saturday's clash, Morgan said that although a RLWC final win would help his prospects of retaining the jersey, consistency would be the key.

"It may help (a RLWC victory) but it always depends on how you're playing the following year as well.

"I think there's only one Test match next year so it'll be open again for anyone by then," Morgan said.

"Look I'm just glad that I'm here and that I've had the opportunity to play in the RLWC, and that I've had the opportunity to start as well.

"What comes after that, I'm not too sure.

"Hopefully I'm still there but it's a long way away."

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