LAMAR Reynolds says a vote of confidence from a former Cappielow cult hero was all that it took for him to swap Maidstone for Greenock and pen a one-year contract with Morton.

The 28-year-old Jamaican pace man, famous for his deft strike to seal a famous win for his former National League South against now Premiership giants Ipswich Town, admits the thought of upping sticks and moving from the south of England to the west coast of Scotland was a daunting but exciting prospect.

But after a chat with former Arbroath and Livingston hitman Joel Nouble and a glowing Cappielow reference from Cowshed favourite, Efe Ambrose, Reynolds insists that he was in no doubt that it was the right time for him to take such a step in his career.

He told the Tele: "I'm delighted to be here and really cannot wait to get going. It's a new challenge for me and I haven't been up north yet.

"When an offer like that comes in, your first thought is 'I've not really been there before, I've not done it, what's it like?'

"So I've done a bit of research about the place and had a few friends who've played in Scotland before, Joel Nouble and Efe Ambrose, so I wasn't shy in giving them a shout to see what it's like from the inside and for me, for this part of my life and career, I think it's a good place to go and challenge myself.

"I know Efe used to play here, so I got a few ins and out from the both of them and they only said good things to be fair."

Reynolds went onto reveal just how much of a glowing reference the former Celtic and World Cup star gave the Cappielow club.

He said that Ambrose couldn't hide his delight when the possibility of a move had come around and that he raved about one thing in particular that left a lasting impression about his time on Sinclair Street.

He added: "He was buzzing for me to be fair (Ambrose), when I told him. He was telling me that if the opportunity comes then grab it with both hands because it's a really good place and group to come and play with.

"He kept on going on about the food though, he must've really liked the food here which is never a bad thing.

"He told me that I'd come here into a good group, the gaffer is great which is has been and that everyone is really helpful and would give me a warm welcome, so far, everyone has been and I have had a really warm welcome, maybe not like the one he got, but It's been a really exciting few days."