With his loan move to Swansea City for the remainder of the Championship season now official, Jordan Morris sat down for his first interview with the new club. The conversation covers plenty of ground, giving Swans fans the opportunity to get to know him. Likely most of interest to Seattle Sounders fans is the part of the interview focused on how Morris came to the decision to join Swansea.
️ “I am so excited, this has been a couple of weeks in the works and I can’t wait to get started."@JmoSmooth13's first interview as a Swan— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 22, 2021
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The move sending Morris to Wales seemed to come together quickly. With the speed of the move, combined with previously muted comments about his interest in playing abroad, it may have come as a surprise to see Morris jump at this opportunity. In the interview he explains that the decision didn’t come out of nowhere, saying, “I think last year during the season I was definitely very focused on helping my team, but kind of itching a little bit to see what was out there, and see, you know, go over and play in Europe and this just seems like the logical next step.”
It’s fair to say that Morris had accomplished just about everything he could in MLS, short of winning MVP, so the time was right for him to try something new. “I’ve been in America playing in MLS my whole professional career, and it was great, but I’m definitely ready for a new challenge and this just seemed like the perfect step,” he explained.
With ambitions of playing in Europe, and teams interested in giving him the opportunity, Morris was left with a decision. What made Swansea, a team pushing for promotion in the English Championship, the best option over teams in top-flight leagues across Europe?
“It started with the manager calling me, and just his respect to do that, and the way he described the culture of the club and the passion that the city and the fans have for this team is something that’s really exciting to me as well, too,” explained Morris. “So I think just a combination of all that stuff made me know it was the right decision.”
The culture fit with the club, the fan base and the locker room were important in his decision, and should help to get the best out of a talented player. Jordan Morris isn’t in Wales just for a good fit, though, he’s there to test himself and put himself on display, and there’s no better platform for that than cup competitions and a promotion chase.
“Those games are kind of what you live for as a footballer, playing in the finals, and playing in games like this in a tight league is something that you live for,” Morris observed. “That’s what you train day in and day out to play in games like that, so I’m really excited for the challenge.”
With Swansea’s win in the fourth round of the FA Cup, they’ve booked a meeting with Manchester City in the next round in early February. That means Morris is going to have an early opportunity to experience a big game just weeks into his loan. If the past is prescient, Swansea and Seattle fans alike are in for a treat as we watch Jordan Morris shine under the bright lights.