Morrison signed one year deal with Sheffield
English born midfielder Ravel Morrison who has been constantly on the radar of the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) has signed a 1 year deal with newly promoted Premier League outfit Sheffield United.
The 26 year old, who was on trial with the club this week during their pre season training in Portugal will make a return to the Premier League, having last played top-flight football in England in 2014 for West Ham United.
He previously played at Swedish club Ostersund only making six league appearances and scoring one goal in the Swedish Cup. His contract was not renewed after his six month stint.
Morrison is happy that he makes his return to the league and is eager to get his career back on track. "It's great to be back in England. [I] can't wait to get my career kick-started again," said Morrison in an interview with Sheffield United TV.
Manager Chris Wilder is optimistic of getting the best out of Morrison. "Ravel is an undoubted talent and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all parties," said Wilder. "I've spoken to a number of people about him and it is clear that he has serious ability.
"We are getting a fantastic footballer with a tremendous pedigree and this is a great opportunity for Rav, we believe we can help him get back to the level he wants to be."
Morrison becomes the fourth new signing for Sheffield after they acquired Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka and Callum Robinson as they seek to bolster their squad for their first Premier League campaign since the 2006/2007 season.
The former Manchester United midfielder, who was granted his Jamaican citizenship a year ago has yet to make an appearance for the Reggae Boyz despite invitations from head coach Theodore Whitmore for the Concacaf Nations League fixture against Suriname last year and most recently the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
JFF president Michael Ricketts said in July that he would be in dialogue in the coming weeks with Morrison regarding his international future with team and has maintained that Morrison is a player that the Federation would love to have.
"He had shown much interest initially because he came to Jamaica himself, paying his own expenses and he worked with us to get his Jamaican passport," said Ricketts.
"He has a lot of quality, and so we would certainly love to have him here playing for the Reggae Boyz because I believe that he has something to offer to our national team," he said.
by Daniel Wheeler