REGHAN Tumilty says he and his Morton team-mates can use the turbulence of last season to propel them into the play offs.

The young full back, who joined the Ton from Ross County at the start of last year featured 37 times under three different managers and he say’s that he has learned a great deal from the constant upheaval.

Looking to the season ahead, Tumilty wants to kick on and turn last year's negatives into positives - starting with the Betfred Cup games.

Speaking to the Tele, he said:

“The manager, Anton [McElhone] and Dave MacKinnon sat down and told us what they had planned for the club and the changes they wanted to make.

“It was an easy decision for me to continue playing here after speaking to them.

"It was a very strange season last year, already you can see there’s a lot more professionalism going about the place.

“It’s a really positive club to be with at the minute.

“I hope I can develop within this environment and if I’m being honest, I’ve learned more in the first few sessions with David Hopkin than I did in the while of last year.

“I want to add more goals and assists to my game this year, get higher up the pitch while also learning to adapt to play with wing-backs."

Tumilty says he has set his sights on bettering last year's fifth place finish.

He added: “It’s going to be a tough league again this year. Big teams have dropped down but hopefully we take it game by game and improve on the fifth place last year.

“Last season had so many ups and downs, but you can learn from that."

Tumilty is eager to impress, become a fixture in the manager's plans and prove that he can compete at the highest level.

He continued: "I dropped to the Championship for more game-time, which I’ve managed to get.

"I’m getting more and more experience and that can only help me.

"The Motherwell match was a good opportunity to show what we can do and we want to press on in the Betfred Cup and go as far as we can."

The defender says the squad's adaptability means competition is fierce for starting berths all over the park.

He added: "A lot of the boy can play in a few positions, so there is always someone breathing down your neck.

“That type of competition is healthy and will help me improve. I know I will need to work harder and impress the manager to push on from last year.

“I can learn a lot from the gaffer and hopefully pick up a lot of stuff from the experienced players we have in the squad. I know I've still got a long way to go."