U's invite Morrison bids
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rob Newman says clubs tracking Cambridge's Michael Morrison must put up or shut up.
Cambridge United manager Rob Newman has told clubs tracking highly-rated defender Michael Morrison that it is time for them to put up or shut up.
The precocious 17-year-old has been the subject of interest from a number of sides over the past couple of months, having turned in a string of impressive performances at The Abbey Stadium this term.
David Moyes recently invited him to train with his Everton squad, while Preston North End boss Billy Davies is understood to have been impressed with his abilities after he pitched up for a trial at Deepdale.
But Newman says he is getting fed up of receiving calls from managers who want to run the rule over Morrison, telling the Cambridge Evening News: "We've had a couple more clubs inquire about whether he can go for training with them this week, but it's down to me to decide whether it's good for him.
"I don't mind him going off for two days' training with teams in higher leagues - the boy has potential - as long as it doesn't interfere with our preparation for games. If they're going to be interested in doing anything with him they should watch him in games playing for us.
"Michael has shown what he can do over the last 13 or 14 games he has played in. It's obvious he can cope with the standard he's playing at. He has got a great future in the game and he's a level-headed lad, so it's a case of seeing what happens.
"But we've soon got to say enough is enough - make an offer or leave the lad alone."
Morrison first appeared for the United reserves at the tender age of 15 and has gone on to establish himself as a first team regular this season, making 16 appearances while also getting his name on the scoresheet twice.