Striker Morton 'really excited' to help Cobblers in promotion quest after joining from West Brom
Striker Callum Morton is buzzing to have been handed his first opportunity in the EFL after joining the Cobblers on loan from Championship high-flyers West Bromwich Albion.
The 20-year-old will spend the rest of the season at Northampton, alongside Arsenal teenager James Olayinka, after the pair signed on Monday.
Morton scored five goals in 17 appearances for non-league Braintree Town last season but this is his first experience of league football.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I played in the Conference last season and that’s a good level to play at and a good taste of men’s football but the Football League is where everyone wants to be.
“To come to this club on loan, hopefully I can do well and that will put me in good stead for the rest of my career.”
Asked how the move came about, he added: “I was told that they wanted me to come here on loan and it’s obviously a great opportunity for myself to come in and help the team push up the league.
“I know they’ve been doing really well in the league so it’s a bonus to come into a good group that’s winning games.
“They’re doing brilliantly in the FA Cup as well and I know they’re going to take thousands of fans to Derby – hopefully they get through in that and then I can play my part!
“I’m just looking forward to helping out the team.”
Cobblers fans saw a brief glimpse of Morton during his lively cameo off the bench against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening.
“I like to get in behind defences and I feel I’m really quick,” he said when asked what he'll offer the team. “I also like to link play but I think softening defences by running in behind is my main asset.
“I like to mould myself around the quicker strikers and be a nuisance for the defenders and not give them a minute by pressing them.
“I see myself as a nine really but I don’t mind whether it’s a one or a two up front, however the manager wants to play, I just like to play on the last man.
“I know what I can bring to the team and it’s an opportunity to be around a good group of players.
“Hopefully I get a chance and I’ll take it when it comes.”