Adrian Morley initially made his name at Leeds Rhinos as a dynamic and dangerous backrower which eventually earned him a move to the NRL with Sydney Roosters.
Enjoying his time down under, it was possible he would spend his whole career there as he said on the Out of your League podcast: “In 2006 we didn’t make the playoffs but I was talking to the club about staying, I was really settled there.
“It was certainly a possibility [staying there]. My girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife, she loved it over there and we’ve still got loads of friends over there. It’s just a great way of life and I was considering signing for another year or two.
“That’s when we fell pregnant with our first child and that’s what I thought it’d be nice to have the family around us at that special time.”
Following this he looked towards Super League: “I told my manager that I’d like to go back to Super League but there was more money than I’d be offered at the Roosters, but also a longer contract so a bit of security as well.”
This was when he had the chance to join Wigan Warriors but instead chose their rivals Warrington Wolves ironically debuting against Wigan: “Wigan and Warrington both offered me a four-year deal and I chose Warrington but that was the reason we came back, because we were expecting.”
Perhaps Wigan had the last laugh beating Morley’s Warrington in the 2013 Grand Final in his last game for the club.