From the bottom of my heart
Prop forward Adrian Morley made his Warrington debut back in 2007 and has since gone on to make 173 appearances in Primrose and Blue captaining the side to three Challenge Cup titles and two Grand Final appearances.
His time at the Wolves has now come to an end and he is set for pastures new in 2014. WolvesTV caught up with him to ask your questions and find out what he'll take away from his time at the club.
The honour of captaining the side will go down as a career highlight.
"I've been very privileged. Simon Moran assembled a terrific squad and to be asked to captain at such a proud and historic club it wasn't a role I took lightly. The fact that we've won some silverware and made it to these major finals to lead the team has been absolutely incredible and I've loved every minute of it."
And on the memorable moments at the helm.
"There's two really: the first is the Challenge Cup final victory in 2009, just the fact that the club hadn't won it for so long and to get the chance to lead the boys out at Wembley was great; and the team as a whole turning from Super League strugglers to real powerhouses of the league now making these major finals.
"I'd rather make a Grand Final and not quite get there than not make it at all. I was really, really proud of the boys' efforts all year. It was a great way to finish; it could have been better but it was still fantastic."
But the recent highlight in Adrian's Wolves career has got to be that try at the Etihad Stadium back in May.
"That vision and memory will stay with me for life. It was a really nice moment. I don't score too many tries, as you know, just the timing in the game, a minute to go so the boys could relax and have a bit of fun jumping on top of me!"
Looking back through his time here Adrian focuses on the people both on and off the field as it's his teammates and the supporters who he'll miss the most.
"I've got some friends at Warrington who will be friends for life. But I'll also miss the atmosphere here. I'll probably get the chance to play here next year - all be it in a different kit - but the atmosphere here at the Halliwell Jones is pretty special.
"I've absolutely loved playing in front of the barmy army. They've been great to me throughout my time. The last home game here was very emotional. The barmy army are in my heart and will remain so."
So how would Adrian Morley sum up his time at the club and how would he like to be remembered at Warrington?
"Exciting, successful and fantastic.
"I like to give a good, honest performance each and every week, and have tried to lead by example and not take any shortcuts.
"You look at the heritage wall and all the great players who have played for Warrington and my name's engrained in that. Warrington is a part of my life now."
He might be moving on to Super League rivals Salford but he still tips Warrington for top honours.
"It's always sad to leave but it's an exciting chapter in my life. Being a Salfordian I've had the desire to play for my hometown club since being a fan as a kid so it's time for me and I'm looking forward to it.
"I think they'll (Warrington) do great. I think the club's in as healthy a position now as it's ever been; just look at the major finals we've been making over the last few years. There's some great young talent coming through as well as some excellent first team players so there's no reason to disbelieve that they are going to be up there next year."
Adrian is at the latter end of his career but has seen a young talent who reminds him of his younger self who he sees making a huge impact on the game.
"There's a player who is still yet to reach his potential, young Ben Currie. He's had a fantastic year. He belies his age really he's very mature; you forget how young he is. He's got a massive future in the game. He does remind me of a younger version of myself when I was a bit quicker (laughs). He's got a great attitude and will go a long way."
But the big man himself is still enjoying his Rugby League.
"Every game, every tackle, every time you have the ball, just that physical challenge of playing. I love the training as well as again there's lots of challenges too. When I do hang my boots up there's going to be a massive void in my life but while I'm still playing I'm going to enjoy the challenge."
Adrian's final message to you, the fans.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my time at Warrington so special. Warrington was and will remain a massive part of my life until the day I die."
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19, Oct, 2013