Ross County Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of three experienced defenders in Ricky Foster, Chris Robertson and Andrew Davies, who has also been announced as the new Club captain.
The Club have signed 29-year-old defender Ricky Foster on a two-year deal. Foster, who joins the Club on July 1, 2015, made 29 appearances for Rangers FC in all competitions last season and brings a wealth of experience with him.
Foster started his career as a trainee at Aberdeen FC and went on to make 213 appearances for the club. There followed a loan spell at Rangers, where Foster picked up an SPL winners medal, before he joined Bristol City on a permanent deal in January 2012. Foster returned to Ibrox in July 2013 and was part of the squad that won the Scottish League One title.
Speaking at a press conference at the Club, Foster said:
“I’m really looking forward to working with Jim McIntyre again. I know him from my time at Bristol City so when I knew Ross County were interested in me I had no hesitation in coming up to talk to the Club,”.
“I was really surprised when I visited the stadium and the training ground because, even though I am from Elgin, I hadn’t played here before so hadn’t realised what a great set-up it is,” added Foster. “The manager is putting together a great squad too, adding to the good players that were already here so, football-wise, it was an easy decision to make.”
Foster is predominantly a right back but is know for his versatility.
Chris Robertson Signs On
On June 30, 2015, Ross County Football Club also announced the signing of 29-year-old defender, Chris Robertson on a two-year deal. The former Port Vale defender joins the Club as of July 1, 2015.
“I’m delighted to join Ross County,” said Robertson, speaking at a press conference at the Global Energy Stadium. “I was born in Dundee and my parents are both from that area so, though I have spent all my career to date down in England, it has always been an ambition of mine to play in the Scottish Premiership."
“When I knew the Club were interested in signing me the manager suggested I fly up because of the distance but I wanted to drive up and wasn’t put off at all by the location,” added Robertson. “I follow the Scottish Premiership so knew quite a bit about the Club and when I saw the stadium and the training facilities I thought it ranked up alongside anything I had seen in League One in England. In fact I also had good offers from League One clubs but once I spoke to the manager I had no hesitation in signing for Ross County.”
Dundee-born Robertson made 26 appearances for English League One side, Port Vale last season. Having started out as a trainee at Sheffield United in English League Two, Robertson had a loan spell at Chester before spending five years at Torquay United in the Blue Square Premier League where he helped the south coast club win the 2009 Conference Play Off Final and promotion to English League Two.
Robertson later enjoyed a brief spell at Preston North End before joining Port Vale in June 2013.
Andrew Davies Joins as Club Captain
Ross County Football Club have also confirmed the signing of 30-year-old centre-half, Andrew Davies, on a two year deal. The former Bradford City stopper joins the Club on July 1, 2015 and will be the new club captain.
Stockton-on-tees-born Davies made 34 appearances for Bradford City last season, including being part of the side that famously beat Chelsea 4-2 in the FA Cup.
Davies started his professional career as a trainee at Middlesbrough, spending time out on loan at QPR and Derby during his time at the north-east club. Davies joined Southampton in a £1m deal in October 2007 before later joining Stoke City. He has since enjoyed loan spells at Preston North End, Sheffield United, Walsall, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Bradford City, who he joined permanently in July 2012.
Speaking about the trio of signings, manager, Jim McIntyre said, “I’m delighted to add the experience to the defence that Andrew, Chris and Ricky bring. After losing Paul Quinn to Aberdeen we knew we had to strengthen in the centre half position so to bring in two good centre halves like Andrew Davies and Chris Robertson is very pleasing."
“Marcus Fraser can obviously also double up there so I felt we needed to add cover at full-back too and, having worked with Richard Foster before, I know what a good player he is. He is also at a good age and has played at some big clubs so I’m confident he will do very well for us.
“Andrew Davies also joins us tomorrow, bringing excellent experience at some very good clubs in England,” added McIntyre. “He has played in the Premier League, The Championship and has been the subject of some very big transfers so comes with a great pedigree. He joins as our new club captain.
“Similarly, Chris Robertson has played numerous seasons at a great level in England,” added McIntyre. “We had scouted him and when we knew he may be coming available we went for him and were delighted he decided to join Ross County.”
Manager Jim McIntyre pictured with new signings, Chris Robertson and Ricky Foster.