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SUPPORTERS Blaine Thomas (12) visits club after recently applying for vacant Manager's position

Invergordon Academy pupil, Blaine Thomas had a day to remember at the club last week after spending the afternoon meeting the players and new gaffer Owen Coyle - whose job he applied for during the club's recent managerial search.

Twelve-year-old Thomas - a keen Staggies supporter - sent a letter of application to Chairman Roy MacGregor as he recently conducted the search for a new Manager. Despite not beating Owen Coyle or any of the 70 plus other candidates for the position, Thomas did receive an invite from the club to spend a day meeting his heroes and receiving a tour of the stadium and training ground.

Thomas picks up the story: “I saw Jim McIntyre had lost his job and I really like Ross County, so I just thought I would write and see what happens. I wrote to the chairman and was realistic about my expectations.

“In the first season, I said the priority would be avoiding relegation and maybe pushing for a top-half finish. But I also said we’d try to win the Scottish Cup as well. In my second season, I told him I felt I could have a go at winning the league.

“I told him what sort of players I’d want. I thought we could buy some experienced players to tutor the younger ones and also some youth players to improve the potential of the squad.

“I told the chairman I would play a more attacking formation and try to score some more goals. I hoped I might get a reply, but I didn’t expect it would end in a day like this.

“I loved the tour of the stadium and meeting the manager, as well as seeing the players up close in training.

New manager Owen Coyle invited young Thomas out onto the training ground to meet the players as the squad's session came to an end. Thomas even got to sit in the Manager's chair in his office and took his place in the dugout to pose for photos for the national press.

“It was great to invite Blaine in to watch some training and see if he had any tips for me," said Coyle. “The players really enjoyed meeting him and one of them even invited Blaine and his family to a game in the future."