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Millwall Legend Departs

June 20, 2019

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Millwall legend Steve Morison looks to have played his last game for the club after joining League One Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan deal.


Now in his third spell in SE16, 'Moro' has racked up 316 appearances in all competitions, scoring 92 goals - enough to rank him third in the all-time Millwall record goal scorers list, behind only Teddy Sheringham (111 goals) and his former strike partner-cum-manager Neil Harris (138 goals).


Over the years, Morison has been the spearhead of many a Millwall attack - most recently forming a long term partnership with Lee Gregory, who is also departing the club this summer.


In many ways, it's the end of an era at The Den. Technically, Morison and Gregory may not always have been the most amazing players (Gregory, in particular, is still excellent on the ball), but without their graft and hard work, Millwall wouldn't be back in the Championship.


Strong figures like Morison don't come around very often, and Millwall will miss him off the pitch next season - especially given the apparent dressing room issues of 2018/19.


His personality means some won't consider him a true legend - not up there with the likes of Cahill, Harris and many others before them - but Steve Morison is a winner, and demands high standards of others.


The impact that he has had at this football club cannot be underestimated.


Millwall will also need to appoint a new club captain in the wake of Morison's departure, adding to an already challenging summer.


This is undoubtedly Morison's most important goal in a Lions shirt.


Upon joining Sam Rickett's side, Morison spoke to Shrewsbury Town FC. He said: "“It was a sad day to leave Millwall. However I wanted to join what Sam’s doing here. The opportunity has come up here and he’s been well backed by the Chairman.


“It’s nice to come down today and see the ground and the training ground, you can really see what Sam’s trying to put into place. His backroom staff are fantastic as well.


“I can’t wait to get involved, as I said earlier it was a tough moment when the realisation came that I had to leave Millwall, but coming here and meeting Sam and the Chairman has put a smile back on my face.


“I’ve always played lots of games each season. Last year was probably the first time I’ve not played as many games. Obviously, I’ve got no guarantee that I’m going to play here but I’d like to think that my experience, ability and success stands me in good stead. Hopefully, I can come here and help be a part of Sam’s project.


“I’ve had a good career for someone who’s been released twice. I’ve had a few setbacks and spent four and a half seasons in non-league but then it all happened very quickly, League One, Championship, Premier League and International level. It’s been a whirlwind but I’ve enjoyed every minute and I don’t want it to stop.


“I’m in great shape, I look after myself well, football’s my life, I do everything I can to make sure I’m in the best shape possible at all times so that I’m ready on the football pitch. Hopefully I can produce what I’ve produced in my previous season’s at League One season’s which is three Wembley appearances and two wins in three seasons with about 60 goals.


“Everything’s changing. Sam’s got a great idea going on here. He’s trying to put it together. The Chairman has backed him with it with little changes at the training ground and the stadium, these little ideas just move the club forward. We’ve got a great team with Sam he’s been there and done it and we’ve got Graham Barrow who’s been there and done it.


“I’m really excited, it’s a great set up at the training ground and the ground. I’ve had some lunch with the Chairman he’s a great character and a great guy. What I like most is everyone seems to be pulling in the same direction, that’s a massive plus at any football club.” 


Image: Shrewsbury Town FC

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