Morison excited by move to Norwich City
Steve Morison's hard work will pay off today when the finishing touches are put to his move to Norwich City.
The 6ft 2in Millwall striker will become manager Paul Lambert's second signing of the summer, having agreed personal terms. All that is needed is for the relevant paperwork to be completed on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
It marks the next step in a remarkable tale as Morison goes from paper shredder to Premier League footballer in the space of a magnificent seven years.
'Obviously I will be delighted to join Norwich when the deal is completed,' said the 27-year-old, who joins Everton's James Vaughan among Lambert's new recruits. 'They're a massive club who have earned the right to play in the Premier League and obviously as a player that's where you want to be.
'I had to work hard when I was playing non-league football, but since then after joining Millwall it's been a rapid rise for me and now I've got the chance to play in the Premier League, to enjoy every minute of it and hopefully do everything we can to try to stay there.'
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Morison's career began at Northampton Town, where he had progressed from the youth ranks to the first team, but then manager Colin Calderwood sold him to Bishop's Stortford.
The dream was fading as he combined a job with a paper shredding company in Potters Bar, and it's 4am starts, with playing for Stortford. But 28 goals in 18 months earned him a move to Stevenage Borough, where he again scored for fun. A tally of 31 goals in 2008-09 alerted Millwall, who gave him another opportunity at league level. This time he made his point, with 21 league goals in his first season helping the Londoners to promotion from League One through the play-offs.
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Morison earned a call-up for Wales and last season finished with a haul of 17 goals - and plenty of interest from would-be suitors.
Lambert had been linked with Morison ahead of the January transfer market and the player himself recently revealed two failed bids by City, which prompted him to put in a written transfer request.
Morison won't be among strangers at Carrow Road.
'I know Andrew Crofts and Owain Tudur Jones from playing with them for Wales and I played against Russell Martin when he played against us for Scotland the other day,' he said. 'I know Zak (Whitbread) from Millwall of course and Elliott Ward through his brother Darren, so I know a few of them already which is good.'
For Lambert, it adds to his attacking choices.
'For us in that league we're going to need to be as strong as we can be in every department,' he said. 'Steve is a natural goalscorer who will significantly add to what is already a very competitive striking department. That is what we will need in the Premier League.'