Wes Morgan thanks Nottingham Forest and Paul Hart as he leads the Premier League with Leicester City

The Jamaican international has been in fine form this season.

Leicester City's incredible rise to the top of the Premier League is the story of the season so far and they have done it with plenty of their old guard from the Football League still in the ranks.

One such player is Wes Morgan.

The Jamaican international has always had a reputation for being a strong and uncompromising defender but this season he has added composure to that skillset and formed a fearful partnership with German Robert Huth.

One aspect of Morgan's game that is inescapable is his physicality. Cut from stone, the bulky defender is hard for any striker to beat for strength.

But he was not always so cut. His large frame used to be an issue. After release from notts County he went on trial at Nottingham Forest but was overweight and Paul Hart, then Forest manager, was not immediately impressed.

He told the BBC this week:

"When I first saw him he was quite big and I said I am not putting him in our kit until that changes.

"But he worked extremely hard. You always saw a good footballer; he always had the basics. I gave him his debut at left-back and he was excellent."

However Morgan, speaking to the BBC this week, has spoken of the hard work he put in to impress the now Leeds United academy director:

"I came on trial and did well and was kept on for the season.

"I wasn't in the best shape possible and had to work hard. There was a lot of conditioning work to get to the point where I needed to be.

"You have to be at a certain fitness level and I needed to put in the work to get to that point.

"I have nothing but good things to say about Paul Hart. He gave me my first professional contract and my debut. It all began with him."

It obviously worked. Hart gave him his first contract and his football debut at Forest. He spent ten years at the City Ground before joining Leicester in 2012.

Now he is well on course to become a legend at the King Power Stadium - even if Leicester do not go on to claim an incredible title win this season.

And Paul Hart played a massive part in that success.

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