In the final piece of the “Going Pro” jigsaw we caught up with Mark Gallagher to talk about signing his first professional contract at the club. Gallagher, who has been a very notable youth player at the club has not been shy with his on-field performances which have led to him being handed his first professional contract this summer.
“It was a good feeling. Obviously, I worked hard during the season to get that contract. I am really happy to get the deal just want to get a good season going forward.”
“We get the chance now to be here everyday and play football everyday whereas in the past (when Mark was full time) we still had to go to school and now we can totally focus on our football.”
“It has been a good start to the season for me in pre-season I just now want to push for a 1st team place hopefully and try and get as many opportunties as I can. I want to keep playing and winning games in the reserve team too.”
On working with experienced Ross County legends such as Richie Brittain, Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson, this is something Mark feels has great value to his football education.
“They are all great role models, but all have all played in different positions too. In terms of playing I’m more like Richie (Brittain) so I try and model my game on him, how he passes, and he was also a club captain too, but they are all great role models for us.”
“There are also the likes of Don Cowie who has played at the highest levels in Scotland and England so to see how he trains and how he conducts himself every single day is great. Basically, we look to what he does and try to follow those examples.”
Mark has had experience playing at Youth & Reserve levels however this year he marked a great performance against Fraserburgh in the Challenge Cup with an outstanding goal. Performing in competitions like this is something Mark is very keen to continue.
“It’s a great platform for us. Obviously, recent history shows that Colts teams tend to struggle in these competitions so we want to be one of the first Colts teams to try and go quite far in the competition and hopefully there will be lots of fans here for our game against Raith too.”
Everybody at Ross County FC wishes Mark all the best for the season ahead and continued success with the reserve team.