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Updated: 11/01/18 : 05:05:20

Morgan, man on mission, joins Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rover's manager Gerard Lyttle (r) signing Adam Morgan
By Eugene McGloin

FOURTEEN MONTHS ago Sligo Rovers new striker hit the headlines.....for all the right reasons.

But Adam Morgan has been out of favour too with managers, some famous and some not so.

He had a contract cancelled by one club when he failed to turn up. 

Why? In the words of Kristofferson’s great song “failure had locked him out on the wrong side of the door” and the ‘hurt’ was kicking in, kicking hard.

It had hurt him (deeply) when Liverpool ended his premier dream. 

Not in doubt at all is that Adam Morgan (23) is a known, proven, goal getter.

Not just a known goal getter, but he gets good ones, very good ones.

Best Goal

He hit a hat trick fourteen months ago to put his side Curzon Ashton 3-0 ahead in an Emirates FA Cup tie.

But opponents Wimbledon AFC won it 4-3 without scoring a good goal in the game.

Adam Morgan scored not just the best goal in the game but TV viewers made Morgan’s first goal ‘the goal of the round.’ See video below.

The heartbreak in his football life has been movingly told by Morgan himself.

In a 2016 interview with the Liverpool Echo he described how Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers broke the bad news. 

Morgan cried afterwards and no surprise that, later again, he “fell out of love with football.”

No boy who has ever kicked a ball at any level at any time, or their parents, will fail to be moved by that honest account by this young man.

The subtext of that story has meaning beyond sport; out on every street in Life there’s always a Nobody who dreams of being a Somebody.

Football’s famed Spion Kop(s) stands in London, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Sheffield have all looked down upon such dreamers.

So too has Sligo Rovers watched many dreamers come and go over many years.

Decent Platform

On that basis, Adam Morgan will be a welcome addition to the Showgrounds and to Sligo Rovers task of getting good enough to get back to European football.

Morgan is a man with something (substantial) to prove and the SSE Airtricity League is a fairly decent platform window to do that proving.

You don’t get ‘assists’ from Raheem Sterling to score your goals and then forget anything you’ve learned, then or afterward. 

Sligo Rovers manager Ger Lyttle, if it works out well, might just have made one of the best signings of his career on the sidelines North or South.

I am an old enough fan to remember the excitement when John Brooks came to Sligo Rovers over fifty years ago. This feels something like that. Fingers crossed.

Morgan 2016 hat trick: