NORWEGIAN centre half Markus Fjortoft is determined to leave a legacy of his own at Cappielow after penning a one-year contract with Morton.

The 26-year-old, son of former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage, swapped North Lanarkshire for Inverclyde as David Hopkin brought the giant defender in from Premiership side Hamilton Accies on Friday.

Fjortoft is aware of the club’s long-standing Scandinavian connection and admitted that he would be happy to have half of the impact of the likes of Erik Sorensen, Kai Johansen or Janne Lindberg.

He told the Tele: “I like to do my research of the team before I sign and I’m really keen to immerse myself in it.

"So I knew about the club’s connection with Scandinavian players and being the first team to really bring them over to Scotland.

“Albeit it was during the 60s and 70s which was fairly before my time, I am certainly aware of that and it fills me with pride that I can be the one to maybe write the next chapter and maybe prolong the Scandinavian heritage that the club has.

“If I could potentially bring another Norwegian to the club or even write a new page on the record books then I’d love to leave some sort of legacy behind.

“It’s a prestigious group of past players that I’m potentially going shoulder to shoulder with.

“You should strive for things you may think are beyond you because that’s the only way that you’ll improve or develop yourself.

“My father had a very good career in England too so I’m not unfamiliar with any expectations or going shoulder to shoulder with esteemed players, it's what drives you to excellence.

“If you’re efficient and you work hard then you’ll get towards it and that’s all I can do, not only on the park but off it too."

Fjortoft has had spells as a player in several different countries and hopes he can utilise those experiences in a blue and white shirt.

He said: “I’ve always strived to have a different career, and a good one at that.

“I’ve always gone against the norm, I was born in England and went to America on a scholarship and played at a college level before going to New Zealand and then coming to Scotland, not many people can say that.

“I’m writing my own story, which is a big motivation for me.

“I want to fulfil my potential and be the best player I can be for Morton and for myself.

“I want to look back on my career and say I worked as hard as I could and this is where my abilities took me.”

Fjortoft thinks that plying his trade at Morton could be the perfect opportunity for him.

He said: “I’m very happy to be at Morton, I’ve got a good feeling about the club and I’ve only been here for a couple of days.

"I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead of us.

"I think Morton is the right place for me to continue my development.

“I feel like I have a point to prove, to show that I am a good player and I have the capabilities.

“After only being here for a few days I can see how good the group is and we know what’s expected of us.

“I hope that we can have a successful and exciting campaign.”