BRYN Morris had the perfect note for teacher when he missed a big schools sports bash – he was away with the England squad.
The Hartlepool teenager was awarded the male sports personality prize at Teesside Schools Sports Council’s annual awards night.
But the gifted Middlesbrough footballer was represented at the ceremony at Billingham’s Northfield School and Sports College by proud mum Tracy, dad Andrew and sister Regan, who collected his prize.
Bryn is in Portugal with the England under-17 squad who take part in the Algarve tournament against Germany, hosts Portugal and the Netherlands over the weekend.
Andrew said: “He left on Monday with the squad and they have three games in Portugal.
“They are all hard matches but you would expect that because it is a warm-up for the European Championships this year.”
The former High Tunstall College of Science pupil, who is now a scholar at Boro’s famed football academy, is in the form of his life.
He has skippered John Peacock’s England under-17 squad this season and last month made his Middlesbrough debut at the tender age of 16. Boss Tony Mowbray brought him on as a second-half sub in the FA Cup third-round win over Hastings at the Riverside Stadium.
“I don’t know how he did it, but he did not seem to have any nerves,” added Andrew, 41. “He just appears to be able to block everything out.
“Tony Mowbray said a nice piece about him as well which was good.
“Things are going well and we’re very proud of what he’s doing and how hard he’s working.
“He’ll be back on Tuesday and he will see his award then.”
Morris did get to one awards bash before going to Portugal.
He was at the star-studded Football Association’s awards night in Burton on Sunday night, when he was rubbing shoulders with England legends present and past.
Bryn was nominated for the U17 player of the year.
Andrew said: “A player from Chelsea won, but for Bryn to be nominated and just to be there was fantastic.”
● SEE Saturday’s Youngstars pull-out tomorrow for other local winners at the Teesside Schools Sports Council’s annual awards.