Ash Hunter was just starting his Fleetwood career when Josh Morris was last at Highbury – and Town’s new signing is pleased to see him fulfilling his potential.
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Hunter, 23, was still in his teens when Morris was last at Town on loan from Blackburn in the 2014-15 season.
Jack Sowerby and Hunter both signed for Town from non-league that season.
They are now the club’s longest-serving players and Morris, 27, is pleased by their development into senior professionals during his time away at Bradford and Scunthorpe.
Morris could be in direct competition with Hunter for a wide role when the season begins at Peterborough on August 3.
He said: “We were having a laugh in the changing room about it.
“Ash was 19 when I was last here, which makes us seem old.
“It is great to see he and Jack are still here, doing well and making a career of it.”
What else has developed since Morris was last at the club is Town’s multi-million pound Poolfoot Farm training base.
The complex was completed in 2016 and Morris added: “It is a huge (difference). It is an amazing set-up and it would not look out of place in the Championship.
“When I left the 4G had just been opened, I think, and the rest of it was all scrubland.
“To come back here after that time, see it and work here is unreal.”
Fleetwood’s Carabao Cup first-round tie away to Championship club Nottingham Forest has been confirmed for Tuesday, August 13, with a 7.45pm kick-off.