MORTON have snapped up former Dunfermline and Ross County hitman Andy Barrowman on a one-year deal, the Tele can reveal.

We reported on Monday how the 29-year-old, who was with Livingston last season, had linked up with Ton for pre-season training at Parklea.

Manager Jim Duffy has now completed a swoop for the striker as he continues to build a squad for a League One promotion push.

The Ton boss told us last night of his delight at the capture — and revealed Barrowman had snubbed interest from elsewhere to pen a contract at Cappielow.

Duffy said: “Andy had a couple of offers from other clubs and he’s chosen to sign for us.

“He believes he is coming to a team with positive ambitions in mind.

“Andy enjoyed the environment when he was in training and felt welcome — he said he felt really comfortable and that has helped sway his decision.

“It was an advantage that we are full-time, but he feels he will enjoy his football here.” Barrowman netted six times for Livi last term — including a smart finish in the West Lothian’s side’s 5-1 win at Cappielow in November.

The frontman has played for Inverness, Kilmarnock and Queen of the South during his career and Duffy believes that his know-how will spell trouble for opposition defences.

He said: “Andy’s got a good number of games under his belt at a good level and enjoys competition.

“He knows his way around the pitch and centre backs know they will not get an easy ride from him.” Duffy has already completed the signings of defenders Michael Miller, Lee Kilday, Sean Crighton and Stefan Milojevic, plus midfielder Conor Pepper and striker Stefan McCluskey.

And he believes that Barrowman’s experience, character and personal qualities will set an important example for those young players.

He said: “We were needing a wee bit of experience in other areas.

“The boys we’ve signed are young and relatively inexperienced and Andy will be a positive influence and hopefully he will find the back of the net on a regular basis for us. He’s only 29 and he is a terrific professional — that’s one of the most important things.

“Andy’s previous coaches speak very highly of him.

“He can be a positive influence on the younger guys but he won’t just be there for them to learn from — he’s an out and out number nine and will be a focal point for us.”