Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Ravel Morrison is a new man, says Danny Simpson

Ravel Morrison is on loan at QPR from West Ham
Ravel Morrison is on loan at QPR from West Ham

Danny Simpson says former bad boy Ravel Morrison has grown up at QPR.

Simpson was at Manchester United at the same time as maverick midfielder Morrison, who was tipped as a future Old Trafford star until then manager Sir Alex Ferguson lost patience with his indiscipline off the field.

Morrison went on to join West Ham and enjoyed a fine start to this season, only to drop out of favour under Sam Allardyce and found himself loaned out to Rangers in February.

But the 21-year-old could be about to write himself into R's folklore by helping them to promotion back to the Premier League via today's play-off final against Derby (3pm) which sees Northern Ireland duo Jamie Ward and Hoops defender Aaron Hughes pitted against one another.

Full-back Simpson revealed: "I've known Ravel since he was young and obviously we've both gone our own ways, but since he's come here I've noticed a big change in him.

"He's growing up, maturing and starting to realise the potential he has got.

"He's one of the best young players I have seen with the ball at his feet.

"Everyone knows his ability but I think he has surprised a few people with his character and his attitude.

"Maybe it was good for him to move away to different clubs.

"He's looking forward to the final, it's a big occasion for him."

The Wembley showdown is also a big occasion for Simpson, who never quite made the grade at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old added: "I made my Manchester United debut as a kid and played in the Champions League for them but this will be the biggest game I have played in and if we get through it it will be the biggest achievement."

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