Date: 31st August 2015 at 6:13pm
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Striker Clinton Morrison has now signed an extension to the initial one month deal that saw him return to St James Park this season.

Having arrived midway through the 2014-15 campaign, Morrison has gone on to prove popular with fans, and having made 25 appearances for us last term, having missed pre season with us and finally returned when finances allowed, he has added substitute appearances against Yeovil, York, Sunderland and Wimbledon to his Exeter tally so far.

The 33 year old former Republic of Ireland international told the Exeter Express & Echo that when the extension to January was offered, he did have to think about and he felt his relationship with the fans had swung things for him.

‘It’s good news. I had to think about it as I didn’t know if I really wanted to carry on playing and, as I’ve said before, if it wasn’t Exeter then I don’t think I’d have carried on playing. There are times when you feel like ‘do you, or don’t you’ but it’s a good club with good people and good fans, so I decided to stay on. I could easily have gone and played somewhere closer to me in non-league football and probably for more money, so I’m definitely not doing it for financial reasons or geographical reasons, as Exeter is miles away from where I live. It’s got to do with having a good relationship with the manager and especially having a good relationship with the fans; if I thought the fans didn’t really like me or talk to me then I wouldn’t have signed, that’s for sure.’

Nice to see Morrison not follow the tried and tested line of ‘easy’ to sign on for longer, and he joked about that himself, but I guess that’s testament to how he does feel at the club that he doesn’t feel the need to roll out the usual PR spin.

At least with it being a difficult decision it means he’s really committed and not just taking the easy choice.

‘I’m at an age now where I’ve got my family and I want to spend quality time with them. However, I thought to myself that I should give it back to Exeter; last season I didn’t have a club but the manager took me in and the fans were brilliant with me. If I didn’t have that sort of relationship with the manager or the fans, I don’t think I would have stayed.’

First year professional Josh Read has also extended his deal with us having impressed over his first month with the squad.

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