“They offered me $200 a game,’’ Morrison explained.
He stayed at the Magpies for three years, Gloucester under captain-coach, a former Western Suburbs Magpie Barry Bryant making the semi-finals in 74. Morrison enjoyed his time there.
However, props were in short supply in Group Three. Morrison was approaching the veteran stage, but he was still in demand and he signed with Taree United in 1977. It was here Morrison won his first first grade premiership and he was among United’s best in their bruising grand final win over Forster-Tuncurry, setting up the winning try. He was later to win consecutive premierships at Taree Old Bar in 1979/80.
“I wasn’t that worried about premierships,’’ he said.
“I just enjoyed playing football.’’
Indeed the older her got, the better he seemed to play – his form for Old Bar in 79/80 was as good as any time in his career.
Morrison rates Errol Ruprecht, John McKeough and John Sullivan as among the best footballers he played with or against around here while Wingham hardman Jake Kennett was an imposing figure. On the bigger stage towering Manly prop Bill ‘Herman’ Hamilton caused him some problems while ex-international Peter Dimond, who Morrison encountered while in Newcastle, was another standout.