Senior figures at Ross County Football Club have today come together to publicly thank supporters for backing the club's vision of reclaiming its spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership at first time of asking. With overall season ticket sales up over 10 per cent on last season already - with a number of renewals still pending and with over a month still to go until the start of the Staggies league campaign, co-manager, Steven Ferguson, speaking from the club’s pre-season training camp in Holland, said:
"Myself and Stuart are delighted with the backing the club has received from the fans over the close season. They were brilliant in the face of a difficult period for the club last season - and the backing they gave us until the very last game was incredible. But of course we were all a bit tentative waiting to see how season ticket sales would be this summer.
"Most clubs that are relegated see a drop in sales but from week one it was clear the supporters were as enthusiastic as ourselves and the Chairman about the challenge ahead.
"It's important to us that the fans know how much we appreciate them buying their season tickets," added Ferguson. "It's contributed to us being able to take the players away for pre-season, which is a really important part of our preparation. And of course it's allowed us to put together a hungry, talented squad with the right attributes to see us competing at the top end of the Championship from day one. That was our vision ever since we were appointed and it's great to see supporters are on the same page as us.
"The atmosphere in the squad and around the club in pre-season is better than we could have hoped for and we can't wait to get going in the 2018/19 season.”
Chairman, Roy MacGregor, said: "As a club we have been absolutely delighted with the number of season tickets sold to date. We weren't sure what to expect after being relegated from the Premiership last season to be perfectly honest. But we've been taken aback by the increase in numbers. I'd just like to personally thank each and every season ticket holder for backing us and showing their support as we get set for what I think will be one of the most exciting seasons for the club since 2015/16 when we won the League Cup.
"I'd privately hoped our community and fanbase would react like this - it's what us Highlanders are like -- we rise to a challenge," added MacGregor. "But to see this level of support is really humbling. With our competitive pricing and with finance options available allowing fans to spread payment of their season tickets over ten instalments we are also working with our supporters to remove as many barriers as possible to those wanting to renew or buy their first season ticket.
"I want all our season ticket holders to know that we appreciate every ticket sold and that selling so many tickets so early in pre-season had a really positive impact on Steven and Stuart's playing budget - and will continue to, with every penny from ticket sales allocated to the playing budget.
"Actually, I think the quality of signings they have brought in has been one of the main contributing factors in the increase in ticket sales," concluded MacGregor.