He’s watched Liam Kelly come from QPR and shine on the loan path – now PJ Morrison is hoping to show he’s Premiership quality after swapping Motherwell for Ayr United.
The goalkeeper has joined David Hopkin’s side on an emergency loan after Honest Men number one Viljami Sinisalo was ruled out for the rest of the season with injury. He was thrown in for his debut against Dunfermline on Saturday in a 1-1 Scottish Championship draw.
Ayr sit one point above the relegation play-off spot, and having been in a battle to survive before, Morrison is ready for another: “I got a call late on Thursday night to come in on Friday morning for the Saturday. It was a bit short notice but I am delighted to be here. I know what it’s like to be digging for results.
“I was in a relegation fight with Albion Rovers a few seasons ago but the boys have shown they know what it means to stay up. All the boys have talent, they have made me feel welcome. There is enough to stay up and push up the table. When I got the call to come out on loan again to get a few games it was a no-brainer.”
Morrison still has another year left on his Motherwell deal, having spent time out on loan at League One Falkirk earlier this season. Former Fir Park manager Stephen Robinson tipped him as a future number one, the claret and amber gloves currently held by QPR loanee Liam Kelly.
The Motherwell prospect believes the QPR keeper is a great example of what loans can achieve: “We will see in the summer what the plan is for me at Motherwell, whether that’s going out on loan again or not. Graham Alexander (Motherwell manager) hasn’t been in very long so I haven’t spoken to him too much.
“But he knows I have got another year left on my contract. He knows I need to play games. I have been really lucky. Liam Kelly has come through the same path as I have, going out on loan and getting games. It’s brilliant to see that this path works out, going out on loan and catching the eye for Premiership level. Liam is a great goalkeeper and a great guy.”
Meanwhile, Motherwell manager Alexander has confirmed the ‘Well would like to bring Kelly back to Fir Park from QPR next season, asking his team to keep their foot on the floor after a 1-0 win over St Mirren moved them closer to Scottish Premiership safety.
He said: “I know the league says we are 11 clear but our ambition is to take as many points as we can in the last four games and finish as high as we can. That’s a big win for our tally and results elsewhere have been reasonably good, but I don’t want that to impact our approach in our next games.
“We have to commit to every game and make sure we take more points. Staying up was the first target but our effort and commitment shouldn’t stop there so we will keep our foot to the floor.”
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