Ravel Morrison, who made his long overdue debut for Jamaica last November, is on the prowl for his 12th professional team after having his contract with Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag prematurely terminated.
The midfielder was given the boot just four months into his one-year contract with the top-flight club, which has thrown his international future into jeopardy.
Following his release by English Premier League (EPL) side Sheffield United in August, the British-born Reggae Boy had options in the Netherlands. He was heavily linked to Eredivisie sides FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem, but instead joined their rivals ADO Den Haag.
A club statement reveals: “The roads of ADO Den Haag and Ravel Morrison will separate immediately.
“ADO Den Haag and Morrison have decided to terminate the 27-year-old midfielder’s contract by mutual agreement.
“ADO Den Haag thanks Morrison for his efforts, and wishes him the best of luck in his further career.”
These short, sharp words will sending alarm bells ringing for Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore as Morrison has a checkered past. He has been deemed a misfit at each team he’s represented, widely considered to be a loose cannon – both on and off the pitch.
And in a desperate bid to rescue his career, both at club level and on the international arena, the free agent is likely to be seeking another Holland team.
With finances considerably tighter in Holland than England, where Morrison seems to be an unwanted man, the fact that a string of top Dutch clubs were previously interested in acquiring the midfielder’s services could prove to be a perfect match.
Despite this latest ill-fated spell for Morrison, his goal remains turning out for the Boyz and reaching the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Yet he will need a new team if he wants to be part of Whitmore’s plans.
But teams weighing up Morrison will be fully aware that it will be a major gamble signing him, bearing in mind his track record since he kicked off his professional career as a 17-year-old with Manchester United. He left Old Trafford in 2012 under a cloud without playing a EPL game, and only made three senior appearances under legendary head coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
Morrison was labelled as one of the most exciting prospects in England when he broke through the ranks at Manchester United, but he has constantly failed to prove his worth wherever he goes.
The journeyman’s club career has resulted in numerous short stints, both in England and abroad. Before he moved to the Netherlands he had disastrous spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden.
During his short-lived 2017 spell in Mexico he was approached by Jamaica regarding an international call-up. He duly obtained his Jamaican passport and was selected for the Boyz’ initial 40-strong squad to tackle the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. But he was omitted from the final squad, as he was reportedly refused a visa to the United States.
Last year the Boyz renewed their interest in Morrison, given two outings in a pair of friendlies against hosts Saudi Arabia.
With Whitmore scanning the potential talent on offer for his troops to tackle the FIFA World Cup qualifiers this year, Morrison urgently needs to find a lifeline to continue his international career and will be desperate to sign for a new club to keep his dreams alive of playing for the Boyz in Qatar.
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