MORTON have offered trialist Jamie McDonagh a contract and given the striker time to go home and consider his decision, the Tele can exclusively reveal.

Former Sheffield United forward McDonagh joined the Ton for pre-season training and did enough during his 10-day stint to prompt manager Jim Duffy to table a deal.

The Northern Irish Under-21 international is currently discussing his options with his family, and Cappielow gaffer Duffy expects to receive a decision in the coming days.

He told the Tele: “We’ve offered Jamie a deal and allowed him to go home for a couple of days to speak to his family and see what he thinks.

“He has a young baby, so his situation is slightly different from some other boys at his age who maybe stay with their parents and don’t have family commitments and different things to consider.

“We think he has potential and something to offer with a bit to learn. He showed enough in training and games with his general movement, bending his runs, when to come short, when to go in behind.

“You could see that he’s been at a big club where he has received a decent footballing education, but he’s still got to fit into how we want to play and that would be the wee challenge for him.

"He went home on Tuesday and text me that night saying thanks for giving him a wee bit of time to go and consider it, and I’m hoping to hear back from him in the next couple of days.”