MORTON boss David Hopkin will be on the lookout for a new striker after veteran hitman Kris Doolan confirmed that he is leaving after his contract expired.

The 33-year-old joined the club at the beginning of February but was only able to make one brief appearance due to injury, and then the coronavirus outbreak halted the Championship season prematurely.

Doolan revealed that the Ton gaffer would have liked him to stay but suggested that the financial constraints caused by the shutdown meant that no deal could be offered.

He told the Tele: “You couldn’t make up how it all happened for me here, it was just so frustrating for everyone involved.

“I’d spoken to the manager about what was happening for next season and I think that he was hopeful that I would be able to stay.

“I think that unfortunately the financial effects of the coronavirus will take their toll on most teams in Scotland, and the funds that he thought would be available just weren’t there for him.

“I've got a lot of respect for everyone at the club, I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly since I’ve come in.

“I wanted to come in and score goals and play for them but I can totally understand that the financial situation will make it difficult going forward.

“It's a great club to be a part of and I hope that they can go on to have a successful season because the manager was starting to get his ideas across towards the end of the season.”

Doolan is the latest player to leave Ton this summer, following the departures of Bob McHugh, Nicky Cadden and Sam Ramsbottom.