Carlton Morris is hoping to star on the biggest stage as Shrewsbury Town head to Wembley for the League One play-off final against Rotherham United on Sunday.
Morris’s fine strike in the second leg of Salop’s semi-final win over Charlton Athletic added to his winner in the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy. Shrewsbury lost to Lincoln in the final, and Morris is hoping that this time the Wembley experience will end in victory.
“It’s the biggest game of my career so far and I’m very much looking forward to it,” said Morris. “I enjoyed Wembley a lot last time even though we didn’t get the result we wanted and hopefully that will spur us on to a good performance.
“It was pure ecstasy to score the goal here [against Charlton]. It was a sell-out and it was a great occasion to share with the fans.
“Hopefully I can score at Wembley too, to prove I’m a big-game player and I can turn up when the team needs me. I’d love to repay the faith shown by the manager [Paul Hurst] because he’s stuck by me this season.”
Morris says Shrewsbury had to calm down quickly following their win over Charlton, and are now focussed on Sunday’s match against Rotherham.
“Since the semi-final it’s been about keeping a level head, getting your head down, working hard and listening to what the management staff is telling you. It’s about taking everything on board and looking forward to the game.”
Morris has been a mainstay in Shrewsbury’s side this season – alongside Canaries teammate Ben Godfrey – and he says it’s been an excellent learning experience.
“We’ve got good quality strikers here and they keep you on your toes,” said Morris. “I’ve had to stay consistent and give everything in matches and during training.
“It’s been brilliant. I’ve really enjoyed this season and I really hope we can cap it off with success at Wembley. The gaffer and the guys will prepare us in the right way and have us ready.”