Date of birth
A strong, powerful presence at the back, Michael already had in excess of 500 professional appearances on his football CV when he joined the Royals ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Morrison began his career with Cambridge United and was named Young Player of the Year for three successive seasons at the Abbey Stadium as the England C international came through the United youth ranks.
He made a move to Leicester City in 2008 and helped Nigel Pearson’s men achieve promotion to the Championship, winning the third tier title in his first full season as a Fox. And to cap a fantastic campaign for Morrison, the defender scored twice against Scunthorpe United on the night that City received the trophy!
A short spell at Sheffield Wednesday preceded a move to Charlton Athletic in 2011. His first season at the Valley also ended in promotion as the Addicks returned to the Championship as title-winners following a 101-point haul in 2011-12.
Adopting a vice-captain’s role at Athletic, Morrison was a regular on the teamsheet before a loan move to Birmingham City was made permanent in January 2015 and in four-and-a-half years with the Blues he totted up 183 appearances across all competitions, scoring 15 goals.
Many of those appearances were made sporting the captain’s armband at St Andrew’s, having been appointed as skipper at the start of the Blues' 2015-16 campaign.
The 31-year-old made 44 appearances for City during 2018-19, scoring seven times. He declined the offer of a new contract at Birmingham in the summer in search of a new challenge.
That new challenge brought him to Reading where he made his bow for the Royals as a last minute substitute away against Hull – but not before he found the net against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea when they descended on RG2 for pre-season.