Now that he has flung that tryscoring gorilla off his back and booted it into the crowd, Josh Morris says he confidence can only grow.
Morris finally broke through for his first four-pointer in almost a year – 354 days – in fine style in Canterbury’s 25-24 win over Wests Tigers last Friday.
The 28-year-old burned past noted speedster James Tedesco before crossing for the try that forced the round four fixture into extra-time, before the Dogs snatched a golden-point win.
It was his first since round four last year.
“It’s been well documented the last couple of weeks and (twin brother) Brett talked about it to me and he said if you do score a try and get the monkey off your back make sure you kick it pretty far,” Morris told AAP.
“Obviously being at centre there you are under scrutiny and the fans want to see you scoring tries.
“It’s been a year but there are a lot of reasons why I hadn’t crossed the stripe.
“This year it is more about getting that mix between my attack and my defence right and I think that has happened over the past month.
“It’s nice to know I can still finish those moments off when I am put in that position.”
A knee injury suffered in NSW’s win in State of Origin I was the source of much of Morris’s woes.
But he says that is behind him ahead of Friday’s grand final rematch with South Sydney.
“Last year for me was a bit frustrating, I spent half the year in the rehab room and the other half limping around and still did my part in defence,” he said.
“So my attack suffered a fair bit and that is what I have been really working on the last four weeks and I thought I had some good touches against the Tigers.
“My knee is feeling really good and I think my game speed gets better as the season goes on, so its just a matter of making sure that I stay on top of my rehab and making sure that my knee feels sweet whenever I go out there.”