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Morrell aiming for new highs after contract joy

20 November 2017

Midfielder Joe Morrell admits the last few weeks has been a rollercoaster ride in his young footballing career - but he is aiming to hit new highs after signing a contract with his parent club.

Morrell was recently rewarded for his eye-catching form for the Robins with a new contract until 2019 at Bristol City.

But he has also had to endure the frustration of illness robbing him of more action with Wales Under-21s.

"It's been mixed emotions recently," said Morrell. "It was good to get the contract sorted and breaking into that Bristol City team is my goal. But for now I am just concentrating on Cheltenham.

"It was good to get the Wales call-up and to be selected. I am very proud of that and my mum is too especially.

"I was actually supposed to start the first game, but I was sick on the morning of the Bosnia game so missed it.

"I ended up missing both Wales games, which was also frustrating because I missed the Luton and Newport games with Cheltenham.

"Saturday was then disappointing against Notts County - but we have the Cambridge game to put that right.

"I have been offered a new contract based on what I have done at Cheltenham," he added.

"They (Bristol City) have seen me do well and when you have the obvious connection between the two clubs then it is a good place to do well. Likewise, it is a bad place to do badly.

"The new contract does not change the way I look at my time here. My mentality is the same and to keep pushing on as a team."

Morrell will now aim to be involved as Cheltenham face Cambridge United on home soil and believes the next few months will define the campaign

"We have had a tough run of fixtures. You could feel that Notts County were a good team," he added.

"We know there will be a reaction from Cambridge after what happened to them at Luton. We have got to be on it -and we need a reaction too.

"This run of fixtures coming up to the New Year will define our season and we have got to start it right on Tuesday night."

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