As I was sitting waiting for the kick-off of today’s match between Ross County F.C. and Partick Thistle F.C. I stumbled upon the news that midfielder Stuart Kettlewell has been released by the club. As you may be aware, Kettlewell played most of last season with an injured hip and had surgery on it during the close season. It was believed by many- and the club did not go out of its way to counter this belief- that Kettlewell would be given a chance to get healthy and that a decision would be made on his future at that point/during the January transfer window.
If the decision was mutual, that’s fine. If the decision was Kettlewell’s- whatever his reasoning might have been- that’s fine as well. If he was simply let go by the club because they didn’t want/need him anymore, well, that’s both disappointing and out of character for the club- he deserves better. Kettlewell was a stalwart in the County teams that made the successful push to the Premiership and set the Scottish footballing world on its ear several times with it’s famous runs in the Scottish and Challenge Cups.
All in all Kettlewell played in 165 matches after joining Ross County from Clyde ahead of the 2009-2010 season and pitched in with 10 goals. He also was a member of sides that won the old First Division, the Challenge Cup, and were runners-up in the Scottish Cup. More important than any of that, he was as good a servant of the club as they have ever had. Humble, hard-working, positive to a fault. Here’s hoping that he returns to full fitness as soon as possible and that another club in the Premiership has the good sense to see that he’s still got a few good years ahead of him.