With the Championship resuming on Sunday, Sean Morrison spoke to the media ahead of the game against Leeds.

Sean Morrison on football being taken away

“It was difficult, initially. But then at the time, the whole of the UK and the world were going through the same thing. People have lost their jobs through this and it’s been difficult for everyone. We’re lucky that in what we do, we’re able to be back in training. We know that a lot of people have gone through tough times and with football being back on the telly, we hope we can bring joy back to people’s lives.”

On playing again this season

“We were six weeks into it and League One and Two, the National League, were being cancelled and we were having talks around that. At the time you think it’s going to be a lot of work for the EFL and the PFA to get football back and I didn’t think it was going to happen. But the club has worked extremely hard to make it happen and more importantly, they’ve made it happen in a safe environment.”

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On being involved in discussions

“As captain, I spoke a lot to the gaffer over the period and I spoke with Richie Humphreys at the PFA. We had regular zoom calls with the EFL and the other captains to go over any questions. Every captain was involved and we all voiced our opinions. It wasn’t just considerations over players, we also took into account family pressures. We’ve got boys in the group with pregnant partners, newborns, and then there are things like asthma to consider. We had conversations and the EFL were able to show us the science, the protocols, and how it would work. Once that was all in place, it gave us an idea of how things would work.”

On the players playing an active role

“Towards the beginning of things, we didn’t really have a clue. But once the wheels started moving, the PFA were fantastic with us and they’ve really helped with any questions we had. It was important to include the players in talks and discussions because, ultimately, it’s the players’ health at risk. If we weren’t able to return in a safe environment then we wouldn’t be happy to return.”

On feeling fortunate 

“We’re very lucky to do the job that we do and yeah, we’ve missed out on two months of the season and we’ll miss our summer holidays but that’s a tiny splash in the pond. We’re very fortunate to do the job that we do and we can crack back on with it.”

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On playing Leeds in an empty stadium 

“We’ve played a couple of friendlies and in house games. It’s going to be strange. The friendly we played in the stadium was a little odd but it’s something we are all going to have to get used to. At the end of the day, it’s a league game and it’s important. Every single game is a cup final now and we need to attack it like it’s our last.”

On the 3-3 draw

“It was a good and bad day for me. Being 3-0 down just after half time and thinking this is a bad day at the office. Then to score before being sent off a couple of minutes later before being in the changing room and celebrating Bobby’s equaliser. I think it was just me and the physio in there, throwing boots around and celebrating wildly. In my time here, there’s not been many quiet games against Leeds and long may it continue.”

On it being all to play for 

“The chance is there for us. I’ve spoken this season about us not being at our best and not being at our best very often. With the change in manager, we are moving in the right direction. We’ve still got a lot of work to and we are far away from being the finished article. Hopefully we can prove to everyone, and especially our fans, that we can get back into the top six because the belief is there.”

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On footballers roles in the community 

“You look at Rashford and Sterling, using their platform for such a positive influence on people. We had Vaulksy and he was doing great stuff for local charities in Cardiff and all the boys helped out with that. We [footballers] are often stereotyped as selfish and all we care about is the lifestyle. But when you get to know these lads, you see that they do care about other issues. I think this has shown footballers in a different light and they are using their influence for good. I think a lot of people have changed their minds about footballers and hopefully, this will continue beyond the pandemic.”

On BLM 

“The movement that’s been happening in the past few weeks, it’s fantastic to see the support behind it. Not only black players and people but people of all ethnicities are coming together to show support. It’s something that needs to change and systemic racism that we see worldwide needs to change. We’ll have our t-shirts on Sunday and we’ll be taking a knee to show support as a club.”

On learning about himself 

“I’ve learnt that I can be quite grumpy. I’m sure the missus will tell you that! It has shown me how much I love the game and how much I have missed it. I miss the routine and the team bond. We’ve seen great dedication from the boys and they’ve all come back in great shape. It shows just how dedicated we are to the sport and now we are ready to hit the ground running. All the work we have put in at home will put us in good stead.”

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“The period could be massive for us in making that last push. It gives that hunger back and in the last weeks, it’s been full-steam ahead in training, everyone giving 100%. It feels like that fire inside has been relit. We’re ready to give it our absolute everything.”

On missing the banter 

“You do miss the banter. I missed being able to curse out one of the boys from 50 yards across the pitch and it’s something you miss every day. It’s just nice to be able to come in, do your training and work hard for two hours, and then you can sit and have lunch with the boys and have a chat about everything.”