Lincoln City midfielder Joe Morell has predicted big things for the Cowley brothers after thanking them for the role they played in earning him his first full Wales cap last night.
The twenty-two-year-old signed for the Imps on a season-long loan from Bristol City in the summer and the Cowley’s played him in every Lincoln City match before he left to join up with the Wales squad, showing great faith in the youngsters ability and allowing him a run of games that caught the eye of Wales boss Ryan Giggs.
Although he only worked with the hugely successful duo for a couple of months, Morrell was massively impressed with what he saw and felt it was only matter of time before the talented brothers get a crack at the Premier League which may cut short their stay in West Yorkshire.
Speaking to FourFourTwo.com following Wales 1-0 friendly win over Belarus he said: ‘Going to Lincoln is the reason I’m here,’ before adding, ‘They’ve got to take a lot of credit for this. The manager and his assistant (Cowley’s brother Nicky) have been excellent for me.’
‘They were a big reason why I joined in the first place. In terms of bringing on my game in the last few months they’ve been spot-on, and I’ll always remember that.’
‘I won’t be surprised to see them go right to the top.’
‘I think it’s only a matter of time – two or three years maybe – and they’ll take that next step to the Premier League.’
“The intensity and attention to detail that they work with is fantastic. If I’m honest, I can’t see them being at Huddersfield for too long.’
Morrell will rejoin his Lincoln teammates no doubt wondering who will fill the massive void caused by the Cowley’s departure and hoping the Sincil Bank hierarchy appoint a new manager who will continue to have a positive influence on their careers.
However, he will return heartened by his display in a good win for Wales, ‘It was a good performance to get the win, and I just hope it’s the first of many,’ he concluded.
Morrell is an excellent young player who has produced some stand out performances in League One under the Cowley’s, and it is only right he sings their praises.
Huddersfield Town fans needn’t worry, if Cowley isn’t there very long, it will mean he will have transferred the success he achieved at Lincoln to the Terriers, and they will be in for one hell of a ride.
The worrying thing for Lincoln fans is that many of the players they signed in the summer were heavily influenced in their decision making by the brothers, and it will be interesting to see how they react now they have gone.