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The Ross County Rumor Mill: Up next, Ibra Sekejja

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The Scottish press is reporting that Anglo-Ugandan striker Ibra Sekejja- recently released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. when his short-term contract expired- is on trial at Victoria Park.  Before rushing to judgment on Sekejja let us (and perhaps me most of all) remember a few things about players on trial with or being targeted by Ross County:

  • It is January…in the Highlands.
  • Ross County are in last place in the Scottish Premiership.
  • The club operates within pretty strict financial parameters.

In short, we’re a “hard sell” at the moment.  Any player that comes to have a look at the club is probably going to have a large hole in his footballing resume:  young and unproven, attitude issues, coming off a major injury, on the “back nine” of his career, not getting an opportunity to play at his current/last club, etc..  The job of management is to weigh up all of the plusses and minuses and determine a) is the player worth taking a chance on, and b) is he better/could he be better than somebody currently on the roster?  Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.  Or to put it in terms County fans would understand, sometime you sign Atli Grergersen, and sometimes you sign Evangelos Oikonomou (version 1.0).

Which brings us to Ibra Sekajja, a young man- he turned 22 on Halloween- who was good enough for the youth system at Crystal Palace and to have played for England at the U16 level, but who simply hasn’t had much of a chance to prove himself at the club level.  He played only two senior matches for Palace before being loaned out four different times to lower league clubs to gain experience- which didn’t happen.  Sekajja never played in more than five matches for any of these clubs.  Maybe he just wasn’t good enough, or maybe the circumstances just were good for him, who knows?

The point being, there’s no harm in County running the ruler over him for a week or two- he’s already in the Highlands, so that half of the job is done!  Maybe Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds will see something in him and believe he can help County battle out of relegation danger, or maybe they’ll see what everyone else has in Sekajja’s young career and send him on his way.  Keep in mind also that the bar for County forwards is not very high at the moment…

In other news…

Former Celtic prospect Marcus Fraser has decided that Ross County is not the club for him and has headed South to look for another club, Martin Woods has signed on for the rest of the season, and Paul Quinn appears soon to follow despite rumors that Aberdeen were pursuing him.

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