As the Ross County look forward to the start of their pre-season friendly schedule – which sees the Club travel to play Nairn County on July 8 and Elgin City on July 12 before transferring to Hungary for a five day training camp and two high profile friendlies against local opposition – Jim McIntyre and Scott Boyd took time out from a busy schedule to fill us in on how preparations for the new season are going and Scott Fox tell us how he is settling in since his high profile summer arrival…
Jim McIntyre, Manager:
“I was really happy that the players came back from their summer break in great condition which has made pre-season that little bit easier,” said McIntyre. “They have been working hard and the players are getting to the bit they look forward to – getting a few friendlies and building up to the first competitive fixture.
“The fans will be starved of football too by now, having gone about seven weeks with no games, so that is why it is really important to play a few local sides such as Nairn and Elgin in pre-season so the fans can see the new players.
“After the game with Elgin City we head off to Hungary and a world-class training facility where we will also face two decent local sides so that should be very beneficial to us and help our preparation for the season ahead.”
Scott Boyd, Defender:
“I had a really good holiday but it’s great to be back for another season and after a good couple of weeks of training I can’t wait for the first game now,” said Boyd.
“There are a lot of new faces and they have gelled with the rest of the squad really well since they’ve come in. We are all looking forward to the games with Nairn and Elgin and then heading off to Hungary which sounds like it will be a great place to train and then we have a couple of games to look forward to too. The trip will also be a great chance for the squad to get away together and bond as a group.”
Scott Fox, Goalkeeper:
“I’ve settled in really quick since I signed and I can’t wait for the season to start,” said Fox. “I knew a few of the ex-Celtic lads – Rocco and Midge – and also Brian Graham just from living in the central belt so they, and all the other lads here, have been brilliant since I came in.
“Pre-season training has been really good and there is a real buzz about the place. Everyone just wants to get started and push on from what the lads achieved in the closing months of last season.
“Personally, I am just working as hard as I can to get myself into the manager’s plans. Obviously there will be another goalkeeper coming in before the season starts so I’m sure we will both be trying our best to win a starting spot and with two players for each position I’m sure that will be the same throughout the squad which can only be a good thing.”
Scott Boyd, Scott Fox and Andrew Davies model our 2015/16 season kit.