Norwich City starlet Carlton Morris wanted longer term by Rotherham United
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Carlton Morris can earn himself a season-long loan move to Rotherham United if he impresses over the run-in, after finally making his Millers' Championship debut.
The powerful Norwich City striker linked up with Paul Warne's relegation certainties in January on a short-term deal, disrupted by a hamstring injury.
Morris made a 20-minute appearance in the 5-1 hammering at QPR last weekend which pushed Rotherham to the brink of League One.
Warne's side, who beat his boyhood club earlier this year during a stint as caretaker boss, will be relegated if other results go against them on Saturday.
But Morris is being challenged to make a big impact with the Millers after signing a new longer term deal at Carrow Road this month.
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'If he hits the ground running and does well, of course there'll be the chance for him to stay next season,' said Warne's first team coach, Matt Hamshaw. 'You look at the stadium and facilities, why would he not want to stay? I don't think he's 90-minute match-fit yet but, come the end of the international break, he will be. He's joined in a couple of sessions. Then he can kick on in April after the break.'
Morris' prospects of a Rotherham return could hinge on Warne being confirmed as permanent boss. The 43-year-old is on a shortlist.
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'It's nice that the chairman has me in the frame because at least it means what I have tried to do in ridiculously hard circumstances has been recognised,' he said. 'It's always nice to have the respect and backing of your boss, so, in that respect, I'm very flattered. But I've always said that if there are better people than me to come in and do the job, then 'I'd welcome them wholeheartedly.
'If the chairman wants me to do it, the answer is 'yes', with a few discussions about certain matters. I'd be a proud man to be manager of this club. I'd have to do a few things to get myself up to speed.
'I'd have to spend some time talking with my wife and children, because this last four months has been a bit bleak for my family life, to say the least. I've got to make the right decision for me and my family.
'Next season would excite me. As a bunch of staff and a bunch of players, it's been a bleak year. It's been like a really bad winter.
'It's felt like a forest fire, where everything looks bleak at the moment. But then within a few weeks you get a few shoots flower and everything grows back a bit stronger.
'The club, this time next year, without a shadow of a doubt - although, obviously, we'll be in a different league - will be significantly healthier than it is now.'