RAVEL MORRISON’S Middlesbrough career has come to an early end, with the midfielder not due to be involved in the final game of the season at Sheffield Wednesday.

Morrison joined Boro on a season-long loan from Sheffield United in January, and his temporary stay was initially extended to enable him to continue playing after lockdown.

He was a surprise starter in this month’s 1-0 defeat at QPR, but has not featured in the squad for either of Boro’s last two matches.

He had a conversation with Neil Warnock last week to discuss his future, and as the Boro boss did not envisage using him for either last weekend’s home game with Cardiff or Wednesday’s trip to Hillsborough, he was told his time with the Teessiders was effectively at an end.

“I don’t think I’d use Ravel again this season,” said Warnock. “So, I told him as far as I was concerned I thanked him for what he’s done since I’ve been here and then let him go.”

Jonathan Woodgate trumpeted Morrison’s signing as a considerable coup when he arrived in January, but the 27-year-old has shown no sign of rediscovering the form that saw him labelled as one of the most exciting prospects in the country when he broke through as a teenager at Manchester United.

His three Boro appearances were thoroughly underwhelming, and while he is a free agent following the end of his contract at Sheffield United, there is no chance of him being offered a deal at Boro no matter who is in charge next season.

Boro’s other two loan players – Patrick Roberts and Lukas Nmecha – remain available for selection and will be part of the squad that travels to Hillsborough.

George Friend, Marvin Johnson and Adam Clayton will also be involved tomorrow in what could be their final match as Middlesbrough players. The trio are all due to become free agents when their short-term contract waivers expire in the immediate aftermath of the Sheffield Wednesday game.

There is a chance they could be retained next term, although Clayton was not involved in the squad at the weekend and Friend was pictured in what appeared to be an emotional period of reflection after the final whistle.