MK Dons boss Russell Martin expresses interest in signing City striker Carlton Morris
PUBLISHED: 10:05 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 10:06 22 June 2020
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MK Dons manager Russell Martin has reiterated his desire to sign Norwich City striker Carlton Morris ahead of next season.
The 24-year-old joined Martin’s side on loan in January after beginning the season with Rotherham United. Morris went onto to score twice in ten appearances at Stadium MK.
His presence was felt off the pitch as well as on it, with Martin recognising the positive impact Morris had made on the dressing room.
The City legend was appointed MK Dons manager in November, taking over from Paul Tisdale and guiding the Dons to League One safety after the third tier was curtailed following its enforced suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
He signed Morris along with City midfielder Louis Thompson on loan in January - and according to Martin, Morris has expressed his desire to return to the club.
“Carlton would like to come back, so it’s up to us to try and work out a deal to do that,” he said. “I can’t definitely say he will come back, Norwich will ultimately decide what his future is. If they end up getting relegated, they might want him there next season.
“We have to be patient, but we all share the vision of him in an MK Dons shirt next season and I know if he is surplus to requirements at Norwich next season, his first choice and priority would be us. Hopefully we will see him next season,” Martin told the MK Citizen.
Morris is the last remaining member of City’s FA Youth Cup winning side in 2013 - with injuries preventing his progression in the Canaries first-team.
The striker signed a contract extension last year, but with Adam Idah’s development and Teemu Pukki’s record for the club - Morris finds himself down the pecking order.
City legend Martin believes a return to League One with MK Dons could help the England Under-19 international develop his career further.
“He made a really big impact on and off the pitch. He’s a fantastic character and a top striker in League One. He knows what he needs to improve, and he recognises we know and understand him as a group and we can maximise what he has.”