CALLUM MORRIS has played down rumours that he is set to leave East End Park for a second time this summer and says Dunfermline are “building something good”.
The centre back was the subject of speculation ahead of kick-off on Tuesday night as broadcast media suggested he was set to head for pastures new when his short-term contract expires.
Morris, who had one of Athletic’s few chances during the 1-0 loss to his former club, previously told Press Sport that he was enjoying his football “more than I have done for the last few years” and stated that it was a “privilege” to be back playing for the club.
Speaking after the game, the 28-year-old appeared bemused by talk over his future, and commented: “I’m just concentrating on my football at the minute.
“It’s been brilliant since I came in; I’ve had a great run of games and I’ve got a great partnership now with Ashy (Lee Ashcroft) and the back four, Murdo (Sean Murdoch) and the lads have made me feel welcome.
“I’m not even looking ahead to next season – I’m solely focused on this season and the games we’ve got coming up. The next one’s Saturday and that’s at the forefront of my mind at the minute.
“You can ask anyone close to me; I’ve not spoken to anyone about anything and this is the rumour mill taking over as always. I’m just concentrating on football and whatever happens, happens. You never know what’s going to happen in the future I suppose but I’m happy with where I am at the minute.
“I’m enjoying my football and you can see that with the squad we’ve got now. I think that’s only our third defeat in 20-something matches so we’re on a good run, and it’s just about converting more of them into wins and you never know what could happen.
“We’re building something good but it’s game by game I’m focusing on.”
While he believes the club that he is serving for a second spell are on their way up, Morris admits losing to United was a blow.
He continued: “It’s disappointing because we knew we were capable of getting a result. I thought we started the game well, dominated, and obviously created a good chance at one end but then 30 seconds later go and concede.
“You’ve got to do better in both boxes; you can’t really say it’s missing the chance or losing the goal, I think it’s both boxes where we let ourselves down and that’s why we lost the game.
“Since I’ve been back at the club the amount of games we should have won on the balance of play has been nearly every time we’ve kicked off, which is a positive, but it’s those fine margins that make the difference.
“We started well and they didn’t really create much. Obviously they’re on a bit of a disappointing run themselves so we probably came into it as the form team, but there’s a lot of positives we can take on to Saturday.
“There’s three points at stake and we’ll go there with confidence. Fifth place is definitely a target; there’s four games left and you never know.
“It’ll be completely different as they’re fighting for their lives; United are trying to get back up to the SPL and Dumbarton are trying to see themselves as a Championship club. It’ll be a different task but if we go in with the same mentality, a positive mindset and play the way we know we can, then we’re confident of getting a result.”