‘The fans have always been good to me’ – Clinton Morrison

Clinton Morrison gives Gavin Massey a big hug at Brunton Park after the U's secured their League One

Clinton Morrison gives Gavin Massey a big hug at Brunton Park after the U's secured their League One status with a win over Carlisle on the final day of last season - Credit: Archant

It would have been easy for supporters to turn against Clinton Morrison, the big-name summer signing of 2012, after so many frustrating performances in a Colchester United shirt.

But U’s fans have always stuck by their loveable striker, despite the goal-drought that seemingly had no end in sight.

Morrison, never afraid to speak out during a colourful career in the higher echelons of the Football League, has always appreciated the continued support of U’s fans.

And the 34-year-old is fast repaying the faith that they have shown in him, after what was a difficult first season at the club last term – to date he has managed just four goals in 56 senior games.

Just two goals mustered during the 2012-13 season was a huge disappointment for Morrison, a man accustomed to banging home goals in double figures every season.

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This season, however, the ex-Crystal Palace favourite has found a second wind. He has been excellent both as a withdrawn striker, and an out-and-out target man, and celebrated his second goal of the campaign in the U’s 3-0 win over Gillingham last weekend.

Now he is looking for more of the same at Carlisle United tomorrow.

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“The fans have always been good to me, since I’ve been at this club, no matter what I do,” insisted Morrison.

“I always give 100% whatever club I play for, and Colchester United is a good club.

“Obviously my contract is coming to an end, but I’ve enjoyed helping the young kids here, so I’m just going to enjoy myself during my last three or four months. I’m an old pro now.

“Hopefully, if I can get on a little run, then I can score some more goals because they usually do come in batches.

“When I am feeling confident, the ball can stick to me all the time.

“I’m not a big guy, but I use my body well, which is something I have learnt to do over the years.

“But I don’t want to take too much credit. I don’t want to be seen as a big-head or anything. It’s just my job, and things went well for me last weekend,” added Morrison, who is contention for another start at Carlisle.

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