REECE Lyon believes signing a contract extension with Morton has given him the platform to go all the way in the game.

The Ton starlet has penned a new contract which runs until June 2022 and he is now keen to repay the faith David Hopkin has shown in him.

Lyon, 19, has made 25 appearances for the Ton since making his debut against Queen of the South last season and has become a firm favourite of the fans.

He told the Tele: “It [the new deal] came out of the blue if I’m being honest.

“I spoke to my agent about two weeks ago and he’d asked if the club had brought up anything about a new contract then after training on Tuesday I got called in by the gaffer, who said everything had been agreed between the club and my agent and all I had to do was sign there and then.

“It was an easy choice for me to make, my family are delighted and so am I. To get an extra year on my deal after two games is just brilliant.

“I’ve seen some of the reaction online and it’s all been positive, which makes it even better.

“The way the fans have been with me is brilliant, it gives me a confidence boost, but we need to see what happens. 

“I’m here for the next three years at least and I just need to do my best for the club in that time.

“Ever since my first start at Queen of the South, the fans have been brilliant, they’ve always been behind me no matter how well I’m playing, so I’m happy to be staying.”

The youngster is remaining humble and is keeping a steady head despite some Ton fans suggesting he has what it takes to be a future Morton captain.

He said: “As much as the accolade is nice, if the opportunity to be captain came up, I’d be buzzing, but I’m far too young to be thinking of that just now. 

“I’m not getting ahead of myself.

“Hopefully I can just keep my place in the team for as long as possible and keep progressing with the gaffer helping me as much as he can.

“It’s nice to know that the gaffer speaks so highly of me, it gives me a confidence boost in training and if a player knows the gaffer likes them then it can make them work harder and even play better.

“Hopefully I can repay the trust he’s put in me by playing as many games as I can and that will give me more experience to improve as a player.”