Living the dream – Morgan revels in impressive Premier League rise

first_img“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and I have done.” Jamaican international Wes Morgan has not only realised his dream, he is also flourishing, making up for lost time even, as he leads unlikely title contenders Leicester City on a dream campaign.In many ways, Morgan’s rise has mirrored that of his club. It would fit perfectly well in a fairy tale book – Leicester battling with the big boys this season after last year’s near relegation and Morgan struggling in the lower leagues before making his top-flight debut at 30.”I thought the opportunity to play in the Premier League had passed me by. Everyone wants to play at the highest level, and it took a lot longer than I anticipated and wanted, but I got there eventually. I am enjoying it a lot!” Morgan said.He is today considered one of the most reliable defenders in the English Premier League, but it didn’t always look to be heading in that direction for the towering defender.Morgan was an awkward teenager, overweight with knees that rubbed together – hardly the model look for a footballer.He arrived at Nottingham Forest in 2002 after being cut from Notts County and spending a couple years at Dunkirk in the lower leagues.His arrival at Forest on trial was hardly an ‘arrival’ in truth, with then academy director John Pemberton admitting to hiding the out-of-shape-looking Morgan from the head coach for several months.The defender would eventually whip himself into shape and worked his way into a first team position at the club.”Getting released wasn’t nice. It was hard to take, but I remained positive and I got a trial at Forest, and that was an opportunity to get back into it, and that’s where it all started,” Morgan reminisced to bbc.com.He would end up moving to Leicester after a decade at Forest, where he had developed a reputation has a hard-nosed, studs-to-ankle type of defender. Exactly what the Foxes’ coaching staff was looking for.KEY FACTOREighteen months after making his Premier League debut, Morgan’s strength at the back has been a key factor in Leicester’s table-topping season.The defender is averaging 2.7 interceptions; 1.1 tackles; 5.3 clearances and 1.1 blocks per game to rank among the best in the league.But his focus is on the team and what they can achieve this season.”To be in the position we are in is an achievement in itself. Anything that happens now is definitely a bonus. People tipped us to be relegated at the start of the season, and we are competing at the top of the league,” said Morgan.”We are just delighted with how things have gone so far.”We have a real confidence and belief and know that on our day we can be as good, if not better, than anyone out there in this league,” he added.The Jamaican international has not forgotten his roots either and spends his weekdays coaching youngsters, perhaps with his mind on his own struggles at that stage.last_img read more

Old Nissan LEAF Batteries Power This New Camper

first_imgA 400-watt solar cell keeps the battery pack going for up to seven days.The Nissan Roam power pack uses old batteries from the first-gen Leaf to provide folks with backup electricity wherever they need it. The automaker shows off one use for this tech by teaming up with camper maker Opus as a way to keep the lights on even when traveling far off the grid. The concept model debuts at The Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in Birmingham, England.More LEAF Batteries Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News The concept camper uses Opus’ existing Air pop-up camper as a starting point. However, this version adds a compartment for the Roam power pack and integrates a 400-watt solar cell into the roof. The setup has a 230-volt outlet for plugging in appliances, USB sockets for charging devices, and an LED light in the canopy. This concept also has racks for two bicycles or a kayak, and it rides on off-road tires.According to Nissan, this application of the Roam power pack allows for roughly seven days of electricity, which seems like enough for an exciting wilderness adventure. An owner can also remove the Roam from the camper and use it at home. In addition to using the solar cell, a person can also plug the device into a 230-volt outlet.The 700 watt-hour Roam lithium-ion packs come from second-life Leaf batteries that no longer hold enough charge to power the electric vehicles but still have enough juice to run the devices that a person needs to camp.The standard Opus Air pop-up camper starts at 15,995 pounds ($20,665 at current exchange rates). The compact design makes it easy to store when not in use, and an onboard air compressor inflates the top portion in around 90 seconds. The interior has a two-burner cooktop, microwave, refrigerator, and seating space for up to six people. Source: Electric Vehicle News xStorage By Nissan Offers Rebuilt LEAF Batteries For Home Power 148 Nissan LEAF Batteries Power This Stadium Nissan Reveals Frontier Sentinel Truck That Packs LEAF Batterieslast_img read more