Morley eyes more major honours

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Adrian Morley plans to play on for a while longer yet

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Adrian Morley plans to play on for a while longer yet

Adrian Morley admits his Super League swansong has already exceeded all his hopes and expectations but he believes it can go on for some time yet.

The forward returned to England six years ago thinking his best years were behind him having won silverware in both hemispheres with Leeds, Bradford and Sydney Roosters. But last year he led Warrington to their inaugural Super League leaders shield and on Saturday hopes to lift the Carnegie Challenge Cup with them for the third time in four years.

"I've been fortunate that at every club I've been at I've won something major. To get to Wembley three times in four years is a major achievement. It's been a fantastic swansong really."

Morley, who last November made his 50th international appearance in the Four Nations final against Australia to become the most capped England player in history, was recently given a new contract by his club for 2013.

That means playing beyond his 36th birthday and he says he has not given up hope of extending his career even further, despite an injury-disrupted campaign so far in 2012.

"It's been quite a frustrating year for me in terms of injury," said Morley, who made his Wolves debut in a 16-10 win at Wigan in 2007 and was appointed captain by coach Tony Smith a year later. "I've always played at a high standard but injuries this year have not allowed me to do that.

"You want to play well every year but in particular the last year of the contract to prove not only to the club that you are worthy but to yourself that you can still compete at the highest level.

"But the neck problem has cleared up, I had another little operation on my eye and I've been playing some good stuff again.

"The club have shown faith in me and we've got the deal signed. Tony is a good judge of players' worth and he feels I've got another year in me and so do I.

"Hopefully, I can have a big end to this year and I'm looking forward to next year already."

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