Ex-City striker Steve Morison announces his retirement from professional football
PUBLISHED: 11:10 18 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:10 18 October 2019
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Former Norwich City striker Steve Morison has announced his retirement from professional football aged 36.
Morison has decided to cut short a one-year deal at Shrewsbury Town to pursue his aspirations in management. The Welshman has taken up an academy coaching role at League Two side Northampton Town.
He also enjoyed spells with Stevenage, Millwall and Leeds United in a professional career that spanned across 18 years.
Morison won 20 caps for Wales between 2010 and 2012, scoring once, and also netted in each of the top six divisions of English football.
Between 2011 and 2013, Morison made 59 appearances for the Canaries. Then City boss Paul Lambert brought the striker to the club after he scored 17 goals for the Lions in the 2010-11 campaign.
The Canaries interest prompted Morison to hand in an official transfer request, stating that playing in the Premier League was a long-held ambition and was an opportunity that may not arise again.
His City debut saw him assist the Canaries first goal back in the top flight against Wigan, as his cross was converted by Wes Hoolahan.
During his first season at Carrow Road, Morison netted ten goals in 37 appearances, with perhaps the most remembered being the equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates.
Under Chris Hughton the following season, Morison found game time increasingly difficult to come by. He started just four games in the opening half of the campaign, with him featuring predominantly from the bench.
On deadline day of the January transfer window in 2013, Morison signed for Leeds United as part of a swap deal that saw Luciano Becchio arrive in Norfolk.
His Elland Road spell didn't go to plan however, with a season long loan move back to the Den arriving in the summer of 2013. It wasn't until 2015 that he re-joined Millwall permanantly, going onto make 169 appearances in his second spell at the club.
Morison sits third in the Lions all-time record goalscorer charts, scoring 92 goals in all competitions across both spells.
He reunited with former Wales team mate Sam Ricketts at Shrewsbury in the summer but has decided to hang up his boots after just eight appearances for the League One club.
"I've spent an amazing two decades as a professional footballer and have so many wonderful memories," he told Shrewsbury's official channels.
"But I feel the time is right to move on to the next stage of my career - and I couldn't be more excited."