Morris ends Rotherham loan to join Canaries legend Martin at MK Dons
PUBLISHED: 10:13 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:27 08 January 2020
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Carlton Morris has joined up with former Norwich City team-mate Russell Martin at MK Dons, staying in League One after bringing an end to his loan stint with Rotherham.
Morris spent the majority of last season recovering from knee and ankle injuries but signed a new contract until 2021 as he joined Rotherham on a season-long loan in August.
His second loan stint with the Millers brought four goals and six assists from 28 games in all competitions but the striker has often found himself playing on the wing.
Morris was a key part of City's 2013 FA Youth Cup winning squad, alongside players including the Murphy twins and Harry Toffolo, but this will be his seventh loan spell away from the club.
He has still made just one first-team appearance for the Canaries, as a late substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Wigan in the Championship, in March 2015.
The 24 year-old has over 120 matches and more than 20 goals to his name in senior football in England and Scotland though, having also had stints at Oxford, York, Hamilton and Shrewsbury.
It was with Shrewsbury where his career moved up a gear in 2017-18, scoring 10 goals in 53 games and playing at Wembley twice, but tasting defeat in both the EFL Trophy and League One play-off finals - suffering a serious knee injury in the latter.
Now he is reunited with Canaries legend Martin, who took on his first managerial role at MK in December, where he was already a player-coach.
After a worrying start of four straight defeats, the Dons have picked up significantly recently and have lost just one of their last six league games, but still sit 20th and in the relegation zone, but just a point adrift of safety.
He becomes Martin's first signing for the club, who told his club's website: "I've known Carlton for a while, having been with him at Norwich City.
"He's a real athlete and he gives us another option at the top end of the pitch, as he can be a focal point for us to play off. He's also a player who knows this league, having done really well here for Shrewsbury Town and, this season, with Rotherham United.
"I've spoken often about bringing in the right character and Carlton certainly fits that bill. There are not many bigger characters than him that I've come across, especially at his age. I'm not only pleased about what we're adding on the pitch, but off it as well."
The Cambridge-born striker could make his Dons debut away to Coventry on Saturday and is looking forward to his fresh start.
"I'm over the moon," Morris added. "There were a few clubs interested in me but this was the most attractive option for me for various reasons - the team plays an attractive brand of football under the new manager and I know a few people here too.
"Me and Russ have been close for years. He was very helpful to me as a young pro coming through at Norwich. I've always appreciated that and now I have the opportunity to work under him - it was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up on.
"The team has gone to strength to strength with some good results recently and I think this is a good place to be. I can't wait to get going and getting my teeth stuck into the big games we've got coming up and hopefully I can help the team have a successful end to the season."