MORTON skipper Lee Kilday believes his side can go one better next season after last term’s promotion push — after watching boss Jim Duffy strengthen the core of the squad.

Kilday reckons Ton outdid themselves last season finishing fourth despite some critics tipping them for the drop before a ball was kicked in anger. 

The defender insists that spurred them on to their success.

And he says the same thing can be done next campaign after managing to keep hold of the nucleus of the squad from last season plus the addition of several new bodies including Gary Harkins, Bob McHugh and Robert Thomson.

He told the Tele: “If you look at the teams in the league, there were a lot of strong teams. 

“But I felt at the start of the year, we had really good players. 

“People did underestimate us and at the start of last season we were always confident that we could do something and push on from the previous season finishing fifth.

“Hopefully next season we can do something as well. 

“The gaffer has been brilliant in the close-season, bringing good players into the dressing room and keeping the core of the team and I have no doubt he’ll be able to do the same next season.”

Kilday added: “I think it’s about going into pre-season seeing how we’re looking at that time. 

“If we can keep the main core of the team we know we’re good and how well we can play together. 

“Okay, the last part of last season we struggled a wee bit, but I think that was through a bit of tiredness and the fact that we put so much into the rest of the season.

“We’ll come in during pre-season and we’ll be confident. We should be!”