BEN Armour says he’s relishing the challenge of a harsh League Two environment as he joins Annan Athletic on a development loan until the end of the season.

Armour has played a part in eight competitive fixtures for Morton’s first-team so far this season but it was with the under-20s that he was watched by Annan boss Peter Murphy, who took a shine to the youngster’s qualities.

And the 19-year-old admits he’s ‘raring to go’ for the Galabankies in a difficult division where he expects a tough time from more experienced and hard-hitting opponents.

He told the Tele of how the move came about, saying: “Darren Barr had originally mentioned to me about potentially going out on loan and I had put a wee bit of thought into it prior to the gaffer actually making the call.

“Then when he did he said that Peter Murphy was really interested and had watched me a few times for the under-20s. 

“That was good for myself to hear and it was a big factor in my decision to go.

“It’s a great opportunity to get down there and play. I’ve been on the bench for Morton playing 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. 

“But I want to be playing as much football as I can and it’s not just 20s football. 

“There’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders in a league such as this one and a lot more demands put on you.

“It’s a tougher environment and a lot harsher than the 20s, so I’m raring to go and looking forward to the challenge ahead.”