Hard work paying off for James Morrison

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West Bromwich Albion's assistant manager Eddie Newton believes that hard work is starting to pay off for fit-again midfielder James Morrison.

The 24-year-old spent nearly ten months out of action with a heel problem and struggled for form on his return in the second half of last season.

However, Morrison has impressed in the opening weeks of the new campaign and Newton thinks that patience and good work on the training ground are paying dividends.

He told the club's official website:"When we arrived here two summers ago, we knew that technically Mozza was very good and I was really looking forward to working with him.

"He was down quite a lot last season because his long time out took quite a lot out of him psychologically.

"He is one of those players that just wants to be on the training pitch and just wants to play football.

"It was quite hard on him when he came back and realised he wasn't up to speed. In games, he said he had lost power and couldn't do what he was used to doing.

"We had to talk to him quite a lot and tell him to be patient, because slowly but surely it would come.

"He worked extremely hard during pre-season and what you're seeing now is the result of that hard work."

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