NEW signing Henk van Schaik has vowed to help bring success to Morton after making his debut against Queen of the South.

The Dutch stopper, who penned a one-year deal on Friday after joining from David Hopkin’s old side Livingston for an undisclosed fee, is keen to impress Ton fans with his performances at the back.

The 21-year-old made his debut against the Doonhamers, playing the final half hour after replacing academy graduate Lewis Strapp in Saturday’s Betfred Cup crunch tie, left.

Van Schaik told the Tele: “I’m delighted to be here.

“The opportunity came up early last week to come here on trial and everyone at Livingston could only tell me good things about the manager and his style of play and the way he works.

“It was an easy choice to come in on trial and everything worked out really well over the course of the week, then everything got sped up on Friday when they told me they were offering me a deal, so I’m delighted to get it 

“I think this is a great chance for me to play first team games, especially after only playing a couple of times at Livingston before heading to Dumbarton on loan.

“I did my knee shortly after that, so I missed the rest of the season. It was a really unlucky start for me.

“I made it clear that I wanted to stay in Scotland, I love it here, so I’m just looking forward to hopefully playing a lot of games for a fantastic club like Morton.

“The manager spoke to me throughout the week when I was on trial and it gave me a really good feeling about coming here.

“I think it’s important to give a good impression from the start, that’s all you can ask from the club and they instilled that impression right from the get-go.

“I was over the moon to get offered a deal on Friday.
“I’m not signing here just to play football, I want to achieve something here for the fans.

“It’s partly why I’m gutted about the result on Saturday; we were 3-1 up, so it’s just silly to give the points away.

“I can’t wait to properly get started and to come here and compete progress as much as we can over the course of the season.”

The Dutchman showed heart and desire on his debut, no more so when he perfectly tackled Queens midfielder Michael Paton and proceeded to celebrate the feat as if it was the winner, sending the Cowshed into raptures.

He added: “That’s my game, I hate losing.

“Hopefully you’ll see more of that over the season.

“I love a tackle, to win my headers and to be as competitive as possible.
“There’s a lot for me to learn here, I’ve only just turned 21.

“It’s part of the reason I came to Scotland because in Holland we play out from the back, so here I can adapt. It will be fantastic for me to come and play in a league like this.”