Razor Ray ready to send local hero Morley packing
by Kate Parkinson
Adrian Morley lines up for the Wolves on Friday just 200 yards from where he learnt to play rugby league at his old school in Salford and he’ll be facing one of Salford’s newest recruits - a man from the other side of the world in a front-row battle to savour.
Since returning to these shores after his stint in Sydney in 2007, Morley is yet to play competitively at The Willows for Warrington having missed out last time because of a facial injury. Remarkably, it’s almost nine years since he last turned out at the famous old ground when he wore the colours of Leeds.
Salford born and bred Adrian watched the Reds as a child, was a Junior Red Devil and since his return has moved back and is again living in the city. With girlfriend Clare and two-year old son Leo, Morley is also keen to point out that his son was born in nearby Hope hospital and is ‘A true Salfordian, just like his dad!’, although he was clutching his Wolves rugby ball at the time!
‘Razor’ Ray Cashmere on the other hand is a recent arrival to the City of Salford having relocated his family from North Queensland to be part of the Reds’ Super League adventure.
“We’re all really settled in Salford now and things are beginning to start happening. The pace of the game over here is pretty fast and relentless but things are coming together and players are learning to play with each other so things are definitely looking up. The fans all go on about the derby, it’s a pretty big game for everybody and I know they’re expecting the biggest corwd of the season here.”
Cashmere and Morley were at The Willows to promote the game with Salford’s Ray Cashmere ahead of the Good Friday clash (kickoff 3pm) and with the Reds having stunned Hull FC in the Challenge Cup this weekend it could be a bumper crowd for the Derby with a great game in store.
“Every game between these two teams is special anyway. All the fans of both get behind the lads and the atmosphere will be one of the best of the season without a doubt. It’s one of the games that they look for when the fixtures first come out. I still look out for Salford’s results but obviously I’m a Warrington player through and through so there will no love lost this weekend. I can’t wait,” said Morley.
Cashmere meanwhile said: “I never came up against Moz in the NRL, I was in reserve grade at the time but obviously anybody over there was aware of his reputation. He’ll be playing in front of his family and mates tomorrow so it’s our job to make sure he doesn’t go home happy!
Image: (left to right) Ray Cashmere, Adrian Morley
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