Grand Final: Adrian Morley to 'soak up' Warrington's big day

SUPER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL - WARRINGTON v LEEDS

  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Date: Saturday, 6 October
  • Kick-off: 18:00 BST

Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Leeds; highlights on BBC Two on Sunday 17:00-18:00 BST; score updates on BBC Sport website

Adrian Morley says he intends to savour the experience of captaining Warrington Wolves in Saturday's Grand Final against former club Leeds Rhinos as he approaches the end of his career.

The 35-year-old will play on for the Wire next season but is aware his time at the top is nearly at an end.

"Everyone enjoys them but I think I savour these occasions more because I am at the end of my career," he told BBC North West Tonight.

"I really will soak it up this week."

He added: "[Winning the Challenge Cup at] Wembley was a really enjoyable occasion for us and this Grand Final is going to be no different. Hopefully it's not my last, but it could possibly be.

Leeds v Warrington 2012: Head-to-head

Adrian Morley and Kevin Sinfield

Super League

  • 9 March - Leeds 26-18 Warrington
  • 8 June - Warrington 37-18 Leeds

Challenge Cup final

  • 25 August - Leeds 18-35 Warrington

"Early on in my career, I used to get very nervous, particularly for the big games like Test matches. But with age, you learn to cope a bit better with the big games."

Morley played for Leeds in the first ever Super League Grand Final when the Rhinos were defeated by Wigan in 1998.

But he did achieve a Grand Final victory in 2005 with Bradford Bulls, after a spell playing for Sydney Roosters in Australia's NRL.

Warrington, who are making their first appearance in the showpiece game, are looking to become the first team since St Helens in 2006 to win the Challenge Cup and the Super League in the same season.

Having won the League Leaders' Shield in 2011, Warrington had their title hopes ended by Leeds in the play-off semi-finals last season.

Many Wire players have said they have used that defeat as motivation to go at least one step further in 2012 and Morley is pleased that Tony Smith's side will finally grace Old Trafford for the Super League title decider.

"It's every club's goal to reach Old Trafford and we've finally got there," he added.

"We've been promising to make the Grand Final over a number of years, and particularly last year. That was the one that got away really.

"I'm delighted for everyone involved. We've got a good chance because we've been consistent all year.

"It's helped that we've not had a great deal of injuries so we'll go into the game confident, but Leeds have made a habit of winning here over the last decade or so.

"It's all adding up to what's hopefully going to be a great final."