MORTON midfielder Michael Tidser says he’s excited about meeting up with the squad for pre-season — including the brand new crop of signings made by manager Jim Duffy.

Ton boss Duffy has wasted little time in bringing in new faces for another go at the Premiership play-offs next season. 

Tidser, who penned a new two-year deal on Thursday, reckons the first few days of pre-season will be the most fun because there are new faces to welcome to the squad.

He told the Tele: “Pre-season always brings that feeling for everyone, players come in, boys move on and it’s always exciting times to meet them all and find out about their characters.

“To be fair there’s a nucleus of us who have been there for a couple of years now so I’m sure they’ll be welcomed in with open arms.”

Bob McHugh, above left, Robert Thomson and Gary Harkins have signed up at Cappielow and will be in the Parklea dressing room for the beginning of pre-season training.

Tidser, now one of Ton’s most seasoned pros, believes these three arrivals have what it takes to be successful in Greenock. And he believes ex-team-mate McHugh will be the perfect fit up front for Morton this coming campaign.

He said: “I’ve played with Bob McHugh a few times, he’s a good lad and a good player most importantly. I think this club is a good fit for him. Hopefully he can go and produce the goods.

“You know what you’re getting with big [Gary] Harkins, he’s a big maverick-type player who has a bit of magic in him.

"And I think that’s maybe something that we didn’t have at times last season.

"He’s a good boy who has played at a good level and I think he’ll bring something different. A bit of experience. 

“As for Robert Thomson, I don’t know too much about him other than that he played well for Dumbarton. His goal return is great, scoring 10 or 12 goals in this division when Dumbarton were fighting for their lives. So he must be a good player.

“We’ll all get to know each other, get to bond and then go and try and have another successful season again.”