Morris returns to Fleetwood Town

Josh Morris celebrates his second goal against Swindon on Saturday

Josh Morris celebrates his second goal against Swindon on Saturday

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Josh Morris has returned to Fleetwood Town on loan until the end of the season.

A deal was completed today to bring the 23-year-old Blackburn Rovers midfielder back to Highbury.

Preston-born Morris has scored three goals in his last two games for Town including a brace in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swindon Town.

He is expected to go straight into the Fleetwood squad to face Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Morris has been with Fleetwood since February last year and was part of the squad which won promotion at Wembley.

Boss Graham Alexander was delighted to have Morris back onboard having almost resigned himself to losing the player.

He said: “We’re really pleased because when we left after the game last week we were a little bit sceptical about whether we’d get him back.

“That’s because of the deal, the fact we’ve had him on loan for a very long time.

“It got to midweek and the chairman spoke to Derek Shaw and we managed to get him until the end of the season.

“If you take out the last two games where he’s scored three goals, that’s great for him, but in general terms since he’s been here he’s been great to work with.

“He’s a proper part of the group and we know his qualities suit our team.

“We think our team suit him.”

And the Fleetwood boss revealed he had considered a permanent move for Morris - something he hasn’t ruled out for the future.

He said: “We discussed a permanent thing as well but the finances don’t allow it.

“He does have a contract there until the end of next season and it wasn’t possible to do that.

“It’s a shame but you never know what happens in the future.

“Josh is a player who matches the profile of the players we want to bring into the club.

“If we can do something eventually great but we’re just happy to have him until the end of the season.”