BRYN Morris has aspirations to feature regularly for Middlesbrough this season but isn’t setting targets.
The level-headed 18-year-old has played three times for Boro and manager Aitor Karanka described him as a “very good player” following the teenager’s cameo appearance at Yeovil in May.
Captain of the England U16s, U17s and U18s, the former High Tunstall pupil was part of the playing squad who assembled for pre-season training on Monday.
Describing the double sessions this week as “good but tough”, Morris is in suitable shape as he hopes to impresses the coaching staff at Rockliffe Park to maximise his playing time.
He told SportMail: “I’ve worked hard in the off season and kept things ticking over.
“I had time off and went on holiday. I think it’s important to take your mind off football mentally, to recharge your batteries.
“I got back in the swing of things a few weeks back in order to be as fit as I could for the start of training.
“I want to get close to the first-team but I haven’t got any targets. “I’m not going to say that I want to play X amount of games or anything like that.
“I will try my hardest in training, keep working hard and hopefully it pays off.”
He certainly has a supportive manager who is well versed in Boro’s proud and boastful record of developing youth, and a manager who he believes is having a positive effect on the training ground.
He added: “He has his philosophy and he will stick with it.
“He’s different but he’s a good coach and I like working under him.”