MARK Russell remains coy over the prospect of signing a new deal at Cappielow, insisting talks are ongoing between his agent and the club.

Russell, 21, has been a big part of Morton’s first team for the last three years and was part of the side to lift the League One title back in 2014-15. 

He has made over 100 appearances in all competitions for Jim Duffy’s men.

And whilst the player has been offered a new deal to remain in Greenock, he is yet to put pen to paper on an extension.

But Russell revealed to the Tele that he’s still in discussions with the Sinclair Street side.

He said: “Talks are still ongoing at the minute between myself, my agent and the gaffer.

“Obviously when I was on my holidays, the gaffer was on holiday as well, now that I’m home, he’s still on holiday.

“So I’ll probably just get a catch up when he’s back and see what happens between us and see where it goes from there. 

“The gaffer is looking for my best interests and he sees that I enjoy it at Morton, and that’s why he’s offered me the new contract. 

“But everything is still ongoing at the moment so we’ll see what happens.”

Asked if staying at Morton would be an interesting prospect for Russell, the defender replied: “Yeah probably. But obviously I’ve been there for four seasons and it’s been three seasons playing in the first team.

"So I’ll look at that, look at where I’ve come from and how much I’ve improved as a player and I’ll talk it over with my parents and meet with the manager. And hopefully we’ll get it all sorted.”

Russell has been attracting attention from several Premiership clubs, with Hearts the latest club to be linked to him. 

Russell said: “The contract is there from Morton so if anything different was to come up I’d need to look at my options. 

“But at the minute I’m focusing on talking with my family, talking with Morton about the contract situation.”