Ross County Football Club is pleased to announce that is has signed six local footballers on full-time two-year Modern Apprentice contracts. Four of the six will continue their education at Dingwall Academy
The six are:
Josh Reid (16, Dingwall, Left back)
Jack Grant (17, Black Isle, Centre midfield)
Gregor MacDonald (17, Black Isle, Centre midfield)
Jack Noel (16, Forres, Winger)
Ruari Fraser (17, Forres, Centre back)
Marcus Goodall (16, Buckie, Striker)
Speaking about signing the six players on their first full-time contracts, Head of Professional Academy Programme, Richie Brittain, said: “It gives us great pleasure to be able to sign these players on new two-year Modern Apprenticeship contracts. They have all worked ever so hard over the past eighteen-months-to-two-years with me at Under 17 level - and some even longer - as all of them have been associated with the club for over six years within the Academy.
“This is a reward for the hard work, dedication and progression they have all shown over a period of time and I feel it is the right time to offer them the chance to become full time professional footballers,” added Brittain. “This is the next step for them all in their quest to become successful footballers where they will initially become part of the clubs Under 18 team and hopefully progress to the Reserve Team and possibly one day the First Team.
“The hard work has already started for these players as they will be reporting back to the club on Wednesday the 20th of June to begin pre-season preparations for the upcoming season and I’m sure each player will enjoy the opportunity that has been offered to them.
“With four of the boys choosing to continue their education alongside playing full-time, I must also extend my thanks to Dingwall Academy and their Depute Rector, Douglas Mackintosh, who we have worked with to ensure they can attend classes and study toward various qualifications. I think this will play a key part in their development.”
Dingwall Academy Depute Rector, Douglas Mackintosh, commented: "Dingwall Academy is delighted to be involved with Ross County this session and hopes to continue the close working relationship that exists between the school and the club. The idea is to offer the players the opportunity to continue to follow an educational path whilst also being encouraged and fully supported in following a football opportunity at the same time."