Norwich City striker Steve Morison reflects on his two-year rise to Premier League
Norwich City striker Steve Morison admits he will have come full circle if he features in tonight's Welsh friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli.
The 28-year-old made his international debut at the Parc Y Scarlets stadium in a 5-1 win over Luxembourg two years ago – since when he has established himself as a permanent fixture in the Welsh set-up and earned a Premier League move to the Canaries.
Morison was in reflective mood ahead of Chris Coleman's first match in charge on home soil since replacing Gary Speed as national team manager.
'I had only just got promoted out of League One with Millwall when I made my debut at the Scarlets,' he said.
'I was a bit of an unknown quantity. We won 5-1 and I thought I did okay, even if it was against a very poor team. In the two years since, I've played in the Championship, gone to the Premier League, scored goals at both levels and got an international goal, too.
'Hopefully when I step out there now I do a good enough job that people respect what I have done.'
Morison is happy for others in the Welsh squad to grab the headlines as they gear up for crucial World Cup qualifiers on the road to Brazil later this year.
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'It's about getting to the World Cup and obviously I would love to go there as top scorer in the group, but if I don't score and we win I am happy,' he said.
'I think everybody would be happy with that, I don't think anyone would care. I am never going to get the headlines in this team with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy and now Joe Allen getting �15m transfers. I'd have to get a move to Barcelona or something, but that says something about the players we've got here.
'Our starting XI on paper is very strong and when players are all here and they go out and do what they're capable of, then we've got a very, very good chance of doing something in this group.'
Morison scored nine Premier League goals in his debut top-flight season and believes that invaluable experience with the Canaries has helped him adapt to the international scene.
'It's not all about scoring goals in the role I play in this side. You're there to put the ball in the back of the net when it comes, but also to give space to other players you have got around you,' he said.
'It's not the same as getting involved in the game in the Championship or Premier League. It's very, very different and that took a while for me to adjust to.
'I wanted to get involved and be busy when actually I needed to give other players space.
'But I feel I have learned and it's a good time for the squad at the minute. You want to score, obviously as a forward I would be lying if I said I did not want to score every single time I go on the pitch, but it is purely and simply all about winning, whether we win 1-0 or 5-0, it does not matter.'