Morgan gets second chance in top grade

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30:  Ryan Morgan of the Eels runs the ball during the round 12 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Sportingbet Stadium on May 30, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) ryan morgan, nrl 2014. picture: getty images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Ryan Morgan of the Eels runs the ball during the round 12 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels at Sportingbet Stadium on May 30, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) ryan morgan, nrl 2014. picture: getty images

THE dilemma Ryan Morgan faces is pretty black and white — much like the jersey he has been confined to wearing in 2014.

The 24-year-old centre is stuck behind Origin-standard players Will Hopoate and Willie Tonga. Simple mathematics tells you three players don't go into two positions and so he has been forced to play the majority of the year for Wentworthville.

It has made him hungrier than ever to take his chance when it comes.

On Sunday his chance arrives.

Morgan has been named to partner Tonga in the centres against local rivals Canterbury.

It will be his second chance in the top grade having deputised a fortnight ago against the Panthers.

"I felt all right against Penrith. I was a little nervous at the start and then I just settled in," Morgan said.

"Hopefully I can take the stuff I have been doing with Wenty into first grade.

"My main focus has been trying to get a few more touches and get my hands on the ball more and learning when to inject myself. Now I need to do that in first grade."

The Greystanes junior has been one of the form centres in the NSW Cup and a big reason why Wentworthville find themselves on top of the competition ladder.

Morgan re-signed with the club to the end of the 2015 season. He said he has learnt a lot from training with Hopoate and Tonga.

"Hoppa and Tongz are pretty much the benchmark when it comes to centres so to learn from them has been great," he said.

"There is a good vibe in the club and everyone is competing for positions which is good for the team. Guys like Junior Paulo, Ken Sio and Chris Sandow have all forced their way into the top grade so that is what I'm trying to do."

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