No regrets for Morrison after his ‘surprise’ switch to Birmingham City
With a huge FA Cup local derby on the horizon Michael Morrison has reflected on what has been something of a whirlwind few months.
The Haverhill-raised central defender will line up for his new club Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday for their fourth round tie with their Premier League neighbours, West Bromwich Albion.
Last March, Morrison was vice-captain at Charlton Athletic and in the team that lost 2-0 to Sheffield United in the FA Cup Quarter-Final.
A few months later, Charlton had a new manager in Bob Peeters and Morrison found himself on his way to City on loan - leading to him signing a three-and-a-half year contract in early January.
The 26-year-old, who made 149 appearances in three years at the Addicks, made his debut on November 1 in a goalless draw at Wolves, just one week after City’s infamous 8-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.
It all happened very quickly, as he explained: “Gary Rowett got the (Birmingham City manager’s) job on the Tuesday and my agent had spoken to him, I had gone up on the Thursday night, trained with them on the Friday morning and we played Wolves on the Saturday morning.
“It was quick in that sense, but I had been waiting for a club to come along really since Bob Peeters took over at Charlton in the summer.”
Morrison admitted that he was surprised to find himself leaving Charlton just a few months after signing a new two-year contract with the club, but he has no regrets.
He said: “We’ve done really well. We have hit mid-table since Gary Rowett has come in. He has done brilliantly, the team has been playing some great football and we’ve got some really good and exciting young players.
“It’s given me a fresh impetus. You move clubs and its new people and a new environment but I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s been a successful period. You don’t look back with regret, its just how things pan out.”
Morrison now hopes to play his part in an FA Cup upset before what will be a sell-out crowd on Saturday, and said: “We are a confident bunch of lads and we won’t worry about playing a Premier League team.
“We want to test ourselves against Premier League players.
“We can have an extra man with our fans being there and I can’t see why we can’t go out and get a good result.”