Jai: Staying with Morton was the right move

Jai: Staying with Morton was the right move
by Jonathan Mitchell

Thrilled striker Jai Quitongo believes signing a new contract to extend his stay with Morton was the right move for his development as a player.

The 19-year-old reckons he reignited his career thanks to the opportunities given to him by manager Jim Duffy and his coaching team since arriving at Cappielow in the summer of 2015.

In his two seasons here, Quitongo has picked up a Development League West winners’ medal, made 30 first-team appearances, scoring six goals, and won his first Scotland Under-21 cap before suffering an injury setback.

And it was an appreciation of the platform the Ton have provided thus far as well as the opportunity to build on his progress going forward that prompted him to pen an extension until June 2018.

Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, Jai said: “Obviously I’m delighted to have signed a new deal. I love it at Morton, really love it, and it’s a great dressing room, so I was delighted to stay.

“With the way the team has been playing this season, we’re only going to keep getting better, and hopefully I can kick on with my rehab, which is going fantastically well, and hopefully be back as soon as possible.

“I was playing well before the injury and there was obviously interest from other clubs, but I think it’s a good move signing with Morton again because they gave me the platform to play.

“Working under the gaffer [Jim Duffy], Hagi [Craig McPherson] and with Andy [Millen] as well … they gave me back my confidence and a chance to develop and become a better player.

“It’s been a great season and I’ve progressed. I’ve still got a long way to go but I think I’m in the right place to do it and continue my development. I still need to work hard at my game and hopefully I can kick on again.”

 

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