FORGET £500, a goal for Callum Morris in a positive result for Connah’s Quay Nomads against Partizan Belgrade would be priceless.

The two teams go head-to-head at Rhyl’s Belle Vue in the second qualifying round tonight (6.30pm), and Morris will be coming up against a former colleague in the shape of Partizan captain and goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

The duo crossed paths at Wigan Athletic nine years ago, Stojkovic brought in on-loan from Sporting Lisbon by the Latics, with whom midfielder Morris was a YTS.

Stojkovic is known as an eccentric character, and Morris was able to see first-hand one way in which the now 35-year-old would try to earn some extra money.

“He’d challenge the first-team lads to a penalty shoot-out,” explained Morris. “It was three penalties and if he scored all three then he would give the taker £500.

“But if he managed to save one of the penalties then the taker owed him £500.

“He won more money than he lost and he’s known as a bit of a penalty specialist.”

Morris, who also cleaned Stojkovic’s boots “once or twice”, is no stranger to taking penalties on the European stage having converted two from two in matches against Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Kilmarnock.

The latest successful spot-kick came with 11 minutes remaining at Rugby Park, and with Morris knowing that scoring would put Nomads 3-2 in-front on aggregate against the Scottish Premiership outfit.

It was a high-pressure situation, but did the calm and collected Morris feel the heat?

“There were a few more nerves than usual,” said the 26-year-old, who also scored the only goal of Nomads’ 1-0 success over Stabaek four years ago.

“But I kept focused and managed to put it away.

“It has fallen for me to score the winning goal a couple of times, and hopefully there can be one or two more to come, but I’m made up for the lads, who all worked so hard across the two legs.”

That decisive penalty came after Morris had created the first goal for Ryan Wignall, the diminutive winger left unmarked to head into the bottom corner of Jamie MacDonald’s net.

Morris was left breathing a sigh of relief after making one and scoring the other having steered a gilt-edged opportunity wide of MacDonald’s left upright in the first-half.

“There was no one more relieved than me at the end,” said Morris. “I couldn’t believe I missed that chance to be fair and I thought that maybe our chance had gone, but I felt a lot better after scoring the penalty.

“And it’s usually Wiggy crossing for me, but it was great to set-up his goal as well.

“I was back in the good books.”

His starring role earned him an appearance on national television and radio.

“It’s been unbelievable,” said Morris. “I’ve had a few people on since the victory, it’s been great.

“The Kilmarnock game was great, and their fans were superb in clapping us off the pitch.

“Hopefully we can give another good account of ourselves against Partizan Belgrade.”