Rotherham United loan deal for striker Carlton Morris

ROTHERHAM United have kicked off their summer recruitment by signing striker Carlton Morris on loan for the second time.
Carlton Morris in his 2017 spell with the MillersCarlton Morris in his 2017 spell with the Millers
Carlton Morris in his 2017 spell with the Millers

The 6ft 2in centre-forward is joining the relegated Millers on July 1 for their 2019/20 League One campaign.

The 23-year-old Norwich City player is a proven operator in the third tier, having been a key man during a season-long loan in Shrewsbury Town's play-off campaign two seasons ago when the Millers beat the Shrews in the final at Wembley to win promotion to the Championship.

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Morris, who had a spell at AESSEAL New York Stadium in 2017, didn't play last season for the Canaries' senior side that went up to the Premier League as he was recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

However, he is fully fit, having made his return for the under-23s last January.

Manager Paul Warne said: “It's a win-win for me. I really like him as a kid. He's got the perfect character for us and he's worked for us before. He knows the club and I've been in contact with him ever since that first loan spell finished.

“He plays off the shoulder. He's nice and quick and also big and strong. He has a great work ethic and he is exactly the sort of striker that thrives at this club. We'll be looking to add another one there as well.

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“He definitely knows what it means to look after himself. He's a really unselfish player, not dissimilar to Smudge (Michael Smith) in that respect. He can play up front on his own or up there in a two or three.

“He's a left-footer and he brings us another element. He is someone who will just work, run and want to improve. They are the players that we want here.”

Ironically, Morris picked up his injury against Rotherham during the Shrews' 2-1 Wembley defeat.

Before then, he had made more than 50 appearances for Paul Hurst's side, scoring ten goals.

He played eight times for the Millers in March and April 2017 as they dropped out of the Championship before caretaker boss Warne was given the hot-seat permanently.