EVER-PRESENT Morton midfielder Cameron Blues says it was a no-brainer to pen a new two-year deal to stretch his Cappielow career up to seven years as he pointed to the role that Dougie Imrie has played in his development as a key factor in signing fresh terms.

Whilst Ton lost key faces in Robbie Muirhead, George Oakley and Robbie Crawford, Blues opted to remain on Sinclair Street as a new era beckons at Cappielow.

Whilst at first, all the change has brought an element of unfamiliarity back for Blues, who enters his sixth year at the club, he admits he's looking forward to continuing his development under the eye of Imrie and his assistant Andy Millen.

His deal will keep him at the club until at least 2026 as he looks to continue to be an ever present under Imrie, whom Blues has only missed less than five games in over two and a half years.

(Image: Kenny Ramsay)

Speaking about the new deal, he told the Tele: "I'm delighted to have signed up for another two years. I'm enjoying my football here at Morton and if the gaffer wants me then I'll happy oblige by working for him and the club.

"He was quite persistent in trying to get me to sign, but the chats that we had were fine.

"I went away on holiday with my partner and as well as couple of my pals as well once the season was finished, but he was fine with me taking my time over choosing what to do.

"I always knew where I stood with Morton heading into the off season, I'm really enjoying my time here so it was just about coming to the right deal and once it was all agreed it was fine.

"He's someone I've really enjoyed playing under to be honest. I think in one of his first games, I started off well and he's taken a liking to me since then.

"I think a bit of luck when he first started here helped me out a fair bit. But since then I've enjoyed my football and haven't looked back. I've enjoyed working under him.

"Don't get me wrong, we have some wee arguments about football stuff, which is normal, but we get on.

"I think he's been really good for me as a player. That made it a no brainer to sign a new deal. It's a good place for me to learn and keep on developing.

"It's been a lot of change over the summer, it's strange but that's how football works.

"From when I first arrived at the club back in 2019, it's just me that's left from that squad, Michael Garrity was in the building but he was in the reserves at the time.

"But as a player, if the manager wants to keep you involved, you find yourself playing and you want to be a part of that. The five years so far have flown in to be honest but I've enjoyed every minute."

The all action midfielder was happy to kick off pre-season with a narrow victory over Queen of the South and he hopes that it can help build some momentum over the course of the next eight or so days as players' fitness continues to build up.

He says the squad have come back in to their preparations in good shape as he anticipates that his side will only get better as time goes on.

He added: "It'll maybe start off a good wee buzz for us, getting off to a winning start. But pre-season is about getting boys minutes in the legs to be honest.

"We've come back fit, but it's a different kind of fitness going into a game. You need to find that two or three yard sharpness.

"You need to try and get used to it, but there were some good things to be pleased about from that showing against Queen of the South at the weekend."