Steve Morison making his way to Elland Road for a medical is a step in the right direction. Whether he is the man to fire Leeds back to the Premier League after a nine-year absence remains to be seen. But the Norwich City striker has exactly the right attributes to be a major figure in the last few months of the campaign.
Morison has dragged himself from the very bottom to the top, showing a determination and desire. After dropping out of the league following a spell at Northampton Town, he played for non-league Bishop Stortford before a move to then-Blue Square Premier Stevenage. This is where he made his name. Morison was a colossal figure in the BSP. Hard to handle and deadly in front of goal made him a huge prospect. A rare fact is that five years ago last week, Morison played for Stevenage in a 0-0 BSP draw at Farsley Celtic, a game which was shown live on Setanta Sports.
His performances earned a move to Millwall where impressive displays followed. Norwich then swooped to sign the big striker and he has featured in the Premier League for the last 18 months.
But Morison fits in because he comes from an honest background. He works hard, gives 110% and has no hidden agenda, he plays for his team. He wins headers, holds the ball up, chases any ball, whether a lost cause or not. He will give a completely new dimension to the team and his never-say-die attitude will fit in with the likes of Rudolph Austin.
I saw him speak at the press conference after the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley – his last game for Stevenage and he came across as an honest lad. It was obvious then that he was on his way to the Football League and he deserves enormous credit for where he has got to. He has worked his socks off to reach the Premier League.
If Leeds want to reach the play-offs and then Premier League, Neil Warnock needs players that will run through brick walls. He has got a few of them already, but Morison could be the final piece in the jigsaw.