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Ross County F.C. Sign…THREE…So Far!

Robertson, the Gaffer, and Foster.

Robertson, the Gaffer, and Foster.

Ross County F.C. took a major step towards shoring up their backline this morning with the signing of three defenders, Richard Foster, Chris Robertson, and Andrew Davies.

Foster, a right back hailing from Elgin, began his career at Aberdeen, where he appeared in more than 250 senior matches before moving on to Bristol City F.C..  The 29 year old then spent two seasons at Rangers F.C. (where he’d spent a brief loan spell while with Aberdeen) where he was part of Premiership and League One winning sides as well as a member of League and Challenge Cup winning sides.  Foster was a late edition to the Scottish National Team under Craig Levein, but ultimately did not feature during in a 2012 match against Slovenia. Foster joins Ross County today on a two year deal.

Roberston, a native of Dundee who can play both center and right back, has spent his entire career prior to joining Ross County in English football.  He began his career at Sheffield United F.C., but left after two brief non-league loans and without making a first team appearance.  He was more successful at Torquay United F.C. where he spent five years, making more than 200 appearances for the Gulls.  Robertson did well enough at Torquay to earn a move to Championship side Derby County F.C. where he was a first team regular for a season before spending two seasons at League One side Port Vale F.C..  Robertson has also signed a two year contract.

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Late word has also come in that Ross County have signed former England U21 defender Andrew Davies and that Davies will captain the side for the 2015-2016 season.  Davies, a native of Stockton-on-Tees (hmm…another Neale Cooper find?), is only 30 but has played for Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke City, and Bradford City, with loans to QPR, Derby County, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Walsall, and Crystal Palace.  Before writing him off as a “journeyman,” it should be noted that almost all of his loan spells have been of the short-term variety (under 10 matches) and that loans to Southampton and Bradford ended with him being signed to a permanent deal.  Davies was a first team regular for three seasons at Bradford and helped to get them promoted to League One in 2012-2013.

Rumor has it that a goalkeeper and the return of Jackson Irvine may also be in the offing today!

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