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Morley ready for final fling
Triple Challenge Cup-winning captain Adrian Morley is aiming to crown his Warrington career by leading his side to victory in the 16th Super League Grand Final.
The 36-year-old Morley, who is making his farewell appearance for the Wolves at Old Trafford, played there in the very first Grand Final for Leeds, against Saturday's opponents Wigan, in 1998 and believes it has overtaken Wembley as the biggest occasion in domestic rugby league.
"It's grown since that day, I think there were 40,000 people there," Morley said. "No one knew what to make of it at first and it took a while to catch on but now it's virtually a sell-out every year.
"It's a great event. It's the biggest game of the season without a doubt, it's probably overtaken the Challenge Cup final now.
"I've played in a few but I can't wait for Saturday. I still get excited. The bigger the game, the more the nerves do creep in. I used to get nervous every single game but it's only the big games (now)."
Morley, who is leaving Warrington to have a final fling with home-town club Salford in 2014, is the only British player to win Grand Finals on both sides of the world after being victorious with Sydney Roosters in 2002 and then, during a guest spell, with Bradford three years later.
He became the oldest player to appear in a Super League Grand Final when he played in last year's clash with Leeds and, after that 26-18 defeat, is aiming to take over as the oldest winner from another former Great Britain prop Paul Anderson , the current Huddersfield coach who was 34 years when he helped St Helens to victory over Hull in 2006.
Morley has already exceeded all the wildest dreams he had when he joined Warrington on a four-year deal on his return from Australia in 2007 but warns that he is not finished yet.
"When I signed the deal, it would have taken me up to 34 and I was thinking four years would probably do me," he said. "But I kept signing another year. I am as professional as ever and I think that's helped with my longevity.
"I've gone on longer than I ever imagined but it's been really enjoyable and there's still a bit of life left in the old man and hopefully there'll be a few more twists and turns."