LEWIS Strapp says he wants to stay at Morton after being made a contract offer — but wants to meet the manager first before making his final decision.

The Ton left-back was offered a deal for next season by new manager David Hopkin, who was appointed by the club last week.

The Morton boss has wasted no time reshaping his squad for next season, with eight players leaving the club when their contracts expire next month.

The left-back, who spent last season on loan at Annan Athletic, is keen to extend his stay at Cappielow.

The 19-year-old was hoping to get games under his belt for Morton this season, but broke his toe early on in the campaign.

With left-backs Jack Iredale and Rory McKeown leaving the club, it opens up the door for the teenager to get regular first team action next season.

But Strapp wants to sit down with the manager before committing himself any further.

He told the Tele: “I know I’ve got something on offer, but I’ve not been in yet because I only had my last game on Saturday and then I was away on holiday straight after.”

“I’ve not been in and spoken to him yet. 
“I’ll go in and speak to him when I’m back from my holiday.

“I do want to stay, next year will be a smaller squad and training will be at Cappielow so we’ll get to know the squad better. 

“I think it will be good.”

While Morton’s season finished at the start of the month, Strapp’s last game with Annan was on Saturday.
Athletic were beaten by a late winner against Clyde in the League One play-off final after leading the first leg 1-0.

It meant heartbreak for the Galabankies, who would have reached Scotland’s third tier for the first time in their history with victory.

Strapp says he will learn from the experience, admitting he never wants to be on the losing end of a play-off tie again.

He added: “It was gutting.

“It was a good game to play in, we dealt with a lot and it was good to be in a game like that.

“Now I know if I ever get to be in a position like that again I’ll be doing everything I can to never feel like that again, because it was an absolute gutter.

“It was a brilliant season, was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever had.”

After the frustration of not getting a chance at Morton last season, Strapp added that playing regularly was just what he needed, and admits the move surprised him in terms of how much he enjoyed it.

He said: “It was such a good group, when I left Morton to go on loan I wasn’t really that excited about the move, but I got to play games and we were winning every week, and since Christmas we hadn’t been beaten at home.

“There was a real buzz around the place. Annan’s a lovely club and I really enjoyed it.

“Things at Morton didn’t go my way, but we got to a play-off final. 

“It’s something to remember and we got the most points ever in Annan’s history in a league season.”