Morton not out to prove points

Sportal September 30, 2012, 6:41 pm
Mitch Morton

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Sydney forward Mitch Morton denied that he used Saturday's grand final to prove to his previous clubs Richmond and West Coast that he had what it took to be a premiership player.

Morton is just the latest in a litany of recycled player success stories at the Swans after being shown the door by the Tigers at the end of last year and discarded by the Eagles after the 2007 season.

Despite falling out of favour at struggling Richmond, managing only nine matches in 2011, the Swans saw something in him few other clubs did and traded away a fourth-round draft pick - which ultimately wasn't even used by the Tigers - to secure the talented but inconsistent 25-year-old.

And after looking like his third chance at the elite level would amount to nothing too he wasn't given a senior call up until Round 21 this year Morton ultimately proved his worth to the Swans.

Playing in more of a defensive forward role, Morton's efforts culminated with a critical performance against Hawthorn on Saturday, one that saw him boot two goals and have a hand in a vital Kieren Jack major in the latter stages of the match.

"It was just about proving to the 21 other guys that played yesterday that I wanted to be a part of it, that's all I set out to do," Morton said at Sydney's family day on Sunday at Lakeside Oval.

"I was just happy to play a small part, we've got some great players and I'm very lucky to be able to play with them and I'm just happy to play a small part."

Morton said he had to work on the defensive aspects of his game in the reserves before making his delayed debut for the Swans this year.

"It's a different role to what I've played in the past, (it) took a while to get there," he said.

"(It) was probably just about playing my role (and getting a) good balance between offence and defence.

"I wasn't far off it but the team was wining and they weren't making many changes so it was hard but eventually we got in there."

Morton was still pinching himself on Sunday and credited the famed 'Bloods' culture for helping him finally reach the AFL's 'Promised Land' after taking many a detour along the way.

"It's surreal, I'm very lucky," Morton said.

"We demand a lot from each other, (I'm) just very lucky to be part of it."

Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh was full of praise for Morton and said the former Tiger and Eagle had been rewarded for doing the hard yards at the Swans.

"He's bought into what we're about, we sat him down and told him what he needed to do and he bought in, he gets a premiership medallion," McVeigh said.

"He's played the last five games and did what we asked him to do, he's done an unbelievable job."

Star midfielder Josh Kennedy described Morton as a key part of Sydney's journey towards the 2012 flag.

"He got his chance and he made the most of it," Kennedy said.

"He was really influential obviously yesterday and the finals leading up so obviously a dream come true for him."

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