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Morgan undaunted by transfer talk at Jenner.

Byline: Marc Payne

BARRY Town defender Scott Morgan insists he is unfazed by the recent transfer speculation flying around Jenner Park - and reckons there would be something wrong if his teammates were not attracting attention from Football League clubs.

With goalkeeper David Forde being the latest player linked with a move to the promised land of the Nationwide League, Morgan believes it is no great surprise that scouts keep flocking to the Dragons' lair, but maintains that his only concern is keeping his place in the side.

"Quite honestly, speculation doesn't bother or affect me for that matter, " he said.

"I just want to keep my head down and concentrate on improving my game.

"Everybody knows that Barry are the most successful side in Wales, so it is only natural that people are going to come down to have a look at certain players.

"I suppose it goes with the territory because I think we would be doing something wrong if our performances were not getting noticed.

"But like I said, none of that really concerns me. My only concern is keeping my place in the side."

Arriving at the club during the summer from Irish side Galway United, Morgan - son of the former Newport County star Stuart Morgan - has also revealed that playing regularly for the League of Wales champions' has sustained his passion for football, having fallen out of love with the beautiful game earlier in his career.

Despite breaking into the first team during the 1996 season with Second Division side Brentford, a serious knee injury restricted Morgan's progress at Griffin Park.

After making just 16 appearances for the club in two years, he eventually drifted out out the Football League when boss Dave Webb decided not to renew his contract.

"After being released at the end of my contract by Brentford, I dropped down to the Dr Martens League with Dorchester Town and worked under my dad for three or four seasons, until I decided to give up the game completely, " he recalls.

"I became disillusioned with the game after dropping out of the Football League.

"I had always wanted to be a football player and thought my dreams had been shattered, so decided I would try my hand at something else.

"After spending about a year out of the game, I got a call out of the blue from ex-Torquay United manager Don O'Riordan, who I played with at Dorchester, and before I knew it, I was playing football again in Ireland.

"It was the best decision I could have made.

"I enjoyed my time with Galway and spent three happy years there, until Peter Nicholas rang me during the summer and asked whether I would like to come over to Wales.

"My contract was up with Galway, so I decided to come and try something new."

Making his debut in midfield for the Dragons against FC Shamkir in the Champions League first qualifying round, Morgan has recently switched to his preferred position at centre-back.

His consistent rock-like performances alongside Lee Jarman in defence have since sparked calls for his inclusion in the annual Wales semi-pro squad set to face England during the spring.

Although initially unaware that he was eligible for selection, Morgan admitted that representing Wales would be the pinnacle of his rollercoaster career.

"To be honest it has never really crossed my mind, " he said.

"But I suppose as a football player it is always a tremendous honour to represent your country at any level, so if the opportunity came my way I would obviously jump at the chance."


GREAT SCOTT Barry Town central defender Scott Morgan is enjoying life at Jenner Park. PICTURE: Sally Uphill IN CHARGE Andy Beattie.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 26, 2002
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