GARY Oliver says that settling his future early on will allow him to fully focus his attentions on helping Morton climb the table next season.

The striker penned a new one-year deal to extend his stay in Greenock on Saturday and Oliver was delighted to get any uncertainty out of the way as he looks to prepare for the new campaign.

The 25-year-old says he feels right at home at Cappielow going into his fifth campaign with the Ton.

He now hopes that he can carry his late season goalscoring spree into the new campaign and believes that Gus MacPherson can be the man to help him do just that.

He told the Tele: “I’m delighted to have sorted my new deal so early on. It helps you get in the right frame of mind and knuckle down for the season knowing that everything’s sorted.

“It's been a while since I first moved to Cappielow and it does feel like home and I’m really comfortable.

“Sometimes comfortable isn’t a good thing but I think Morton is where I’ve had my best spells of my career.

“It’s a place where I like to be and the club have been great to me, so it’s only right for me to repay that.

“Sometimes you think the grass is greener on the other side and that’s not always the case, which I’ve found out.

“I’ve always liked it here and I’ve enjoyed the majority of my time here - it’s a perfect match.

“I think this was the best choice I could’ve made, especially considering the last month or two with Gus in charge.

“The manager was a big factor in helping me make my mind up because you want to stick with someone who likes you as a player.

“I’ve played with a few managers who haven’t fancied me and it’s not great, but with Gus you know what you’re getting, and I feel as if he can get the best out of me.

“The change of formation seemed to really help not just for myself, but big Robbie Muirhead and Cammy Salkeld when we had that free role to go and express ourselves. That can only help going forward.”

Oliver admits that he is looking forward to the prospect of continuing his partnership with Robbie Muirhead as Ton’s strikeforce next season.

The 25-year-old followed in Oliver’s footsteps earlier this week by penning a one-year extension to his existing contract as he remained in Greenock for a third successive year.

Oliver now hopes that their partnership can help fire Ton up the table next season.

He said: “Robbie is good at what he does, he’s a maverick and he’s got a wand of a left foot which you saw with that volley in the play-offs.

“I was screaming at him to lay it into my feet as well, so he showed me up there.

“I think we do work well together, and I hope we can carry that on together going into next season.

"I just hope that I can assist a few of his screamers next time out.

“We both need to kick on now.

"It’s hard when you play one up front, so hopefully we can continue to do well together up top.

“We did underachieve last season, we all think that, so hopefully we can go out and prove the doubters wrong.”