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Morris eyeing return to rep duties

Brett Morris of the Bulldogs is tackled by Nathan Cleary of the Panthers.
Brett Morris of the Bulldogs is tackled by Nathan Cleary of the Panthers. DAN HIMBRECHTS

BRETT Morris brings up 200 NRL games this weekend, and it appears only a matter of time before he adds to his representative tally.

The Bulldogs flyer will celebrate his milestone at Lottoland on Saturday afternoon against Manly.

Morris still remembers his debut against Cronulla in 2006, his 2010 premiership with the Dragons, and try No.101 when he leapt to the heavens and somehow planted the ball down in the corner at Shark Park in 2014.

Now he's back to full fitness, Morris is sure to pop back on the radar of NSW and Australian selectors, especially with the Anzac Test just over a month away.

Valentine Holmes and Blake Ferguson have battled niggling injuries but are almost certain to retain their wing spots for the Kangaroos' May 5 clash against New Zealand.

But with a knee injury to Josh Mansour and Semi Radradra due back in court for domestic violence charges the week of the Test, Morris is back in the mix.

Morris played the last of his 12 Origins for NSW in 2014 and his 18th Test match for Australia in 2014.

Coach Mal Meninga is a big fan, knows he is proven on the big stage, and never pays attention to a player's age.

At 30, Morris is hardly washed up, and a few handy performances for the Dogs won't harm his chances of a representative return.

"I've played a lot of rep footy, I've played a lot of Tests for Australia and a lot of Origins, so it's not something that's unfamiliar to me and not something where I'd be worried about performing," Morris said.

"I know I've handled that stage well.

"There are certainly a lot of good players in our competition, and if I wasn't picked (for the representative teams), it wouldn't upset me at all.

"For me it's about getting a full season out of club footy, and I haven't done that in a long time."

Morris was hindered by a knee injury last year but has enjoyed a full pre-season and feels in good shape.

Morris is delighted to reach 200 games, something his twin brother and centre partner Josh Morris has already done - he sits on 222 NRL games - while their famous father Steve also chalked up 247 first-grade games for the Dragons and Roosters.

"It's unique all three of us have had the opportunity to do that, and growing up all we talked about was rugby league, so to achieve this is pretty special," Morris said.

As for 250 NRL or even 300 games, Morris said he would do his best to punch out the remaining two years on his Dogs deal, then reassess at the end of next year, especially given "the mind and body are two different beasts".

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