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Morton confident Tigers can return

By Roger Vaughan 03/06/2009 04:40:01 PM Comments (0)

Richmond forward Mitch Morton knows better than most that fortunes can change quickly in the AFL.

So he is upbeat about what lies ahead for the Tigers, this season and beyond.

Coach Terry Wallace has paid for the club's failure to make the finals since 2001 - he will coach Richmond for the last time on Friday night against the Western Bulldogs.

Morton unwittingly played a bit part in bringing the issue of Wallace's tenure to a head a fortnight ago when he messed up a crucial kick late in the narrow loss to Port Adelaide.

But he went from goat to hero on Saturday night when he kicked the winning goal against Fremantle.

Morton said in the aftermath of Wallace's resignation, it is now up to the players to show their potential.

"We have a very good list, it's probably up to us how quickly we become a very good side and I don't think it's far away," he said.

"That's up to us to prove to people we have a good list, every year there are a couple of sides who apparently have a good list and don't live up to it.

"We have to show people we believe in each other and we can play good footy together."

He added Wallace was far from the only person at Punt Road who is responsible for the team's ongoing plight.

"The players take on as much of the blame as anyone for the season we've had, we've only had two wins ... that's no-one's fault but our own," Morton said.

"We take a lot of that responsibility on, I know I do personally ... we accept all the blame and I can assure you every week, we're trying to do things to turn it around.

"I keep saying to people close to me, I think we're very close to turning it around, it's just a matter of when.

"Hopefully last weekend was the spark we needed."

Wallace ripped into Morton in the rooms after the Port Adelaide loss when he played on from a set shot, kicking the ball out on the full.

Morton did much the same thing against Fremantle and kicked the winning goal.

"I don't know if you saw my first three or four set shots on the weekend, but they weren't too flash," he said ruefully.

"I said to our captain Chris Newman, there was no way I was going back and kicking a set shot.

"You have weeks where things just aren't going your way and I was kicking the ball very well from set shots ... so I was always probably going to play on at that stage.

"That was the main thing, that I learnt from it and I just want to prove to people that I have."

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