Ton boss Jim Duffy began holding talks with members of his squad yesterday afternoon, and defender Lamie was given a verbal offer of a one-year extension.

The 21-year-old has not signed anything as yet but says it is his intention to put pen to paper to commit himself to the Cappielow club for the 2015-16 campaign.

Speaking exclusively to the Tele, he said: “I met up with the manager yesterday for a one-to-one to talk things over, and there’s something there for me so hopefully I’ll be part of it next year.

“It’s the same every year when you’re a wee bit in limbo and you’re on the nerves. I was a wee bit nervous — well, I wasn’t a ‘wee bit’, I was very nervous — to learn my fate.

“It’s a one-year extension that the gaffer has put on the table and I think I’ll be going ahead with it.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get the chance to stay and play in the league next year. It will be a brilliant league and a very high standard.” In the season prior to signing with the Ton, Lamie had been farmed out on loan to League Two sides Queen’s Park and East Stirling by parent club Airdrie.

Although the centre-half admits he still has to pinch himself when he thinks of his career progression over the last 10 months, he feels he did enough to earn a new deal with the Ton.

He added: “I’m still trying to get to grips with the last year myself. I’ve never been one to rate myself highly or make out I’m a world beater but I always work hard.

“A lot of people say if you work hard you reap the rewards, so I’ve plugged away for the last two or three seasons, since I turned professional. I’ve been out on three or four loan spells. In my first year at Airdrie I was out playing junior [at Bathgate] just to get games and worked my way back up.

“I’ve come on a lot this year due to the full-time training. I’ve reaped the benefits of it, 100 per cent, and not just technically but also your mentality.

“Playing in defence, your concentration needs to be sharp. And I think full-time training has brought me on leaps and bounds in that way. You’re in every day and it’s definitely improved me. I thought myself, and the gaffer obviously thought likewise, that especially in the second of the season I showed enough to put myself in the frame to carry it on.

“I’m delighted and glad to be getting the chance. If you speak to anybody who plays football, they all want to play at the highest level they can.” Despite operating in the lower leagues in recent years, next season won’t be an entirely new experience for Lamie who played in the second tier for Airdrie during the 2012-13 campaign.

However, he expects the standard to be even higher this time around with the calibre of some of the clubs likely to be competing in the division.

He explained: “The gaffer had me out on loan Clyde, but I got called back early and played half a season in the First Division with Airdrie “Obviously it wasn’t a great season because we went back down. It was by default we were in the league to start with, though. Because of the scenario with Rangers, we got the vacant space.

“It was a shock to the club and we were underprepared if you like. All of the guys just gave it our all and we come up with a couple of decent results.

“Personally, I played some of my best football and did well for my age being thrown in at the deep end.

“I picked up a few man of the matches and ended up captain for the last three games of the season at 19.

“Back then it was a hard league — and it was tough — but you look at it now and it will probably be the most competitive league in the country, so the experience at that level will stand me in good stead.”