Peter Butler column: Fit and on form, few came close to Morgan
OLLY Morgan under the high ball – both in defence and attack – was truly something to behold.
His ability to track and collect either his own or a team-mate's up and under really set him apart as one of the foremost full-backs in the game.
It was real body-on-the-line stuff, and I suppose that style of play ultimately cost him his career in the end.
Morgan was plagued by injury throughout his time at Kingsholm, but on those rare occasions when he was fully match-fit and in form, there were few more exciting players to grace the hallowed turf.
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It's a huge shame to see such a talent leave the game so early, albeit with many fine memories to treasure including two England caps.
Like Alex Brown before him, Morgan becomes another retired player to join the Kingsholm coaching staff although you do wonder for how long.
When a player retires in the fashion Morgan has done, often the best way is to make an entirely clean break and do something completely new.
I know the Rugby Players' Association (RPA) is heavily involved with finding opportunities for retired players like Morgan, so maybe that is the path he will go down.
I also know the player himself is quite well involved with children's rugby camps, so perhaps he has that option too.
Whichever way you look at it, we would all still rather he was playing for Gloucester every weekend.