LEWIS Strapp is determined to make the most of the opportunity he has been given at Morton.

Strapp has been in impressive form and gained plaudits from gaffer David Hopkin, who has hailed him as a ‘proper defender’.

The 19-year-old is enjoying playing regularly and is delighted to repay the faith shown in him by the Morton manager.

He told the Tele: “I’m really enjoying my football at the minute and having an extended run in the team.

“I was unlucky because I hurt my foot at a similar time last year after having a good start to the season and then I was sent out on loan after that.

“With that in mind, I’m really focused on taking the opportunity to really kick on this year.

“It’s an important year for me. I’m nearly 20 now so it’s really important that I develop and push on.

“I’ve got the chance to go in there and play. I’ve got the responsibility of wearing the jersey and playing most games which I really enjoy and I’ve got the trust of the manager which is really important.”

The teenager is grateful for the loan spells he had at Elgin and Annan and is keen to use his experiences as he looks to keep on developing.

He added: “Going out on loan is definitely better than playing reserve football, you’re playing with guys who are out to get their win bonus, you’re playing against men and senior players who’ve had good careers in the game. It’s a great experience.”