Gun Rams forward Ash Morris has signed with South Bendigo for the 2014 season and one day hopes to play VFLSHAUN CONNOR March 7, 2014 4:55am
Deniliquin footballer Ash Morris has his sights set on one day playing in the VFL and he says the next logical step is to play at a higher level in 2014.
The 20 year-old livewire forward, who became one of the youngest ever winners of the Murray league’s prized O’Dwyer medal last year, has signed with South Bendigo for the coming season.
The Bendigo league is no. 7 on the Victorian Country Football League rankings following last year’s WorkSafe Championships, while the Murray league is no. 10.
Morris joins fellow ex-Rams teammates Josh Whelan and Charles Trotman at the Bloods.
Another Rams player on the move is young utility Blair Whelan, who lives in Melbourne and will play for Mt Eliza in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean league (ranked no. 2).
‘‘I was basically lured in by Jeff Brennan who has been Bendigo’s interleague coach for five years and is now the coach at South,’’ Morris said.
‘‘We spoke about the potential to play a higher level of footy and to be exposed to sides such as Bendigo’s interleague team and the surrounding VFL teams for future years.’’
Morris, who already lives in Bendigo and is a student at Latrobe University, added that not having to travel back to Deniliquin each week will allow him to focus on his studies.
Although Morris is another addition to a handful of departures from the Rams, it isn’t all one way traffic with about 10 players joining the club, including Todd Gallagher, Ollie Graham, Darcy Bell and Kyle Galloway.
Although the Blue and Golds faithful will miss Morris, who was the club’s best and fairest and leading goalkicker last season, the young star says he will definitely be back in the colours someday.
‘‘I want to wish Frog (Rams coach Troy Bartlett) and Deni all the best for this year,’’ he said.
‘‘In the next few years I plan on having a go at VFL footy and then coming back home to win a premiership with the Rams.’’
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