STAGS SIGN LEE MORRIS ON LOAN
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STAGS BRING IN BULLS' STRIKER
Blue Square Premier club Mansfield Town have brought in striker Lee Morris on loan from Coca-Cola League Two side Hereford United.
Morris signed a one-year contract for the Bulls in July 2009 after showing up well as a triallist in pre-season.
Blackpool-born Morris, the son of former Blackpool, Sheffield United and Southend winger and one-time Scarborough manager Colin Morris, began his career with the Blades as a trainee.
On elevation to the United first-team as a 19-year-old he made an immediate impact in 1999, when the six goals he had netted in his fourteen League starts earned him a £3m transfer to Derby County, then of the Premier League.
Morris remained on the Rams' books until 2004 when, after scoring seventeen times in ninety-two appearances, he signed for Leicester City for a fee of £130,000. However, Morris' time at the Walkers Stadium saw him plagued by a knee injury and after managing just ten starts for the Foxes he was released at the end of the 2005/06 season.
He then linked up with Yeovil Town for the start of the 2006/07 campaign, but was again hampered by injuries and was released towards the tail end of the following season, having found the net six times in thirty-seven outings for the Glovers.
Last season saw Morris turn out for Burton Albion, initially on non-contract terms, then subsequently on a deal which kept him with the Brewers until the end of the season, where his twenty-eight appearances and seven goals in the Blue Square Premier saw him play a valuable role in the Brewers' promotion to the Football League.
Manager David Holdsworth told mansfieldtown.net "We are short in attack, given the absence of Jake and Kyle.
"Lee will join the ranks for a short period of time.
"He has played his part at every club he has been and he is itching to do the best he can here.
"He can certainly 'run the channels' and I am delighted to bring in a man who knows this division."
Stags sign striker
Evening Post, November 25, 2009
MANSFIELD Town have beaten tomorrow's loan deadline to snap up experienced forward Lee Morris from League Two Hereford United.
The 29-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, has joined until January 4.
Morris is a former England under-21 international and once cost Derby County £3 million.
The Blackpool-born player played for the Rams in the Premier League and also had spells at Leicester City and on loan at Huddersfield after breaking through at Sheffield United, where he was a trainee.
Morris later plied his trade for Yeovil, but his progress was hampered by injury problems.
Last season he was signed for Burton Albion by then boss Nigel Clough and was part of the Brewers' squad to win promotion to the Football League, scoring seven times.
The 5ft 10ins player has started six games and come off the bench three times for Hereford this season, without scoring.
Morris' signing is a timely one as fellow hitmen Kyle Perry (thigh) and Jake Speight (knee) are both expected to be out for the next two to three weeks.
Morris vows to prove worth at Stags
Evening Post, November 26, 2009
LEE Morris today revealed his determination to prove to old pal David Holdsworth he is worth a permanent deal at Mansfield Town.
The 29-year-old striker – who can also play on the left – has signed from Hereford United as cover for injured hitmen Kyle Perry and Jake Speight until January.
By then Holdsworth hopes to have both men fit and will also have the option to recall Daryl Clare and Lee Gregory from their loan spells.
But Morris is hoping his former Sheffield United team-mate will retain his services.
"I have big respect for Reg (Holdsworth) as a manager and a bloke because he was my captain at Sheffield United when I first broke through into the team," said Morris.
"It has been a bit of a nightmare for me at Hereford. We had a really bad start and I fell out with the manager.
"I'm an attacking player who likes to get down the channels. If I can do well then fingers crossed it will lead to a longer deal. But the main thing is to do well first and something might happen."
Morris signed for Derby County for £3m early in his career and went on to play in the Premier League.
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