MORTON full-back Lewis Strapp says playing his 100th game for the club was beyond his wildest dreams after reaching the century mark against Dunfermline.

The academy graduate has become a mainstay in the Ton backline since his breakthrough under former boss David Hopkin.

He says making the special milestone by the age of 22 is something he couldn't have imagined when he was growing up watching his boyhood heroes in the Cowshed.

He told the Tele: “To have amassed 100 appearances this early on is a bit mad to be honest, but I'd actually forgotten that I was so close to reaching it as a milestone.

“I knew a couple of weeks ago that it was coming up but I'd completely lost track of it with everything that’s gone on over the last few weeks.

"Then when I turned up for the game on Saturday the boys were reminding me, it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I never thought I'd play 100 games for my local club, not a chance.

“I used to come to the games with my mates when I was younger and I’ve been at a few of the big ones too.

“When we won here to win the League One title and to get into the Championship, I was in the stand cheering the boys on and now I’m living the dream managing to pull on the jersey and do my bit to help the club.

“I’ve been here all my days since the under-12s and I've worked my way up through the academy since then and I've loved every minute of it."

Strapp put his personal milestone to one side and says the most important achievement was Ton's emphatic victory against the Pars to end their long wait for a home victory.

He said: “I’m just happy with the fact we were able to get our first home win of the season, especially in the way that we did against Dunfermline and that I was able to contribute my bit to the cause.

“I’d love to see five goals every week and a clean sheet - it would be fantastic - but we just need to take it a game at a time.

“It was good to start the new year off with a win, it’s been a long time since we won at home in the league so hopefully we can start making a habit of it now.”

Strapp is delighted with the start they have made under manager Dougie Imrie.

The defender says they must take their new-found confidence into Saturday's crucial game against Ayr United at Somerset Park.

He added: “It’s a good start for us, but we quickly move on to the Ayr United game on Saturday now.

“It’s a big game for us and another opportunity for us to try and get ourselves up the table as quickly as we can.

“The gaffer coming in has given us a new gear to find, which is natural, but now to have gotten the first win under him too now is brilliant.

“It’s really good for us to build our confidence and we need to take that into the game down at Ayr now.”