MIDFIELDER Cameron Blues insists Morton’s young guns have what it takes to consolidate the club's place in the Championship next season.

The curtailed campaign will be a key season for the club, with a change of ownership coming at the end of it.

Ton lost a series of key players in the summer and amid budget and wage cuts the initial focus looks to be on securing survival.

But 22-year-old former Falkirk kid Blues believes there is plenty to be optimistic about and he says David Hopkin youngsters can thrive under the pressure.

He told the Tele: “It’s a young squad this season so it might be tough for us, but if we play how we know we can then there’s no reason why we can’t do well.

“I think we can and I hope that's the case because the club deserves it after the way last season finished.

“I learned a lot last season, even when I was out the team, so I know what I need to do.

“I’ve learned how to deal with setbacks and how not to take things for granted anymore because it’s a short career.

"I’m really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

With only 27 games this campaign, it will be key to get off to a good start.

Blues feels that Ton can take heart from the way they played from the turn of the year until the coronavirus outbreak happened and saw football put into cold storage for six months.

He said: “The form that we were in towards the end of last season was frightening and we were really enjoying ourselves.

“I think you could see that in the way that we were playing.

"We’ll be looking to build on that and kick on this season.

“We want to hit the ground running and hopefully our good fitness levels will see us through and get us off to a good start.”

On a personal note, Blues hopes that he can improve and develop as a player over the course of the season.

He also hopes that many hours spent following online workouts during the lockdown will help him cope with the physicality of the league and flourish.

The former Livingston man told the Tele: “I’ll be looking to kick on again this season and prove myself at this level.

"I want to be back enjoying my football again because the last six months have been rubbish sitting not being able to do anything.

“I think that’s given me that extra motivation to go the extra mile and really apply myself this season.

“The gaffer has been great with me, he tries to give me advice about what and what not to do during a game and he’ll maybe tell me what he did when he played, so hopefully I can implement that into my own style of play this season.

“Hopefully I can be involved as much as possible this season, making as many appearances and contributing to the team as I can.

"I’ve worked hard during the lockdown - I was obviously out running and trying to do weights in the house as much as I could.

“Obviously it was quite hard to replicate being in an actual gym but I was on YouTube looking at workout videos and stuff like that to keep myself busy.

"Hopefully that stands me in good stead going forward."