Ross County F.C. striker and Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce is set to sign a new deal with the club. Although the terms of the deal have not been announced the club has announced that he will remain at Victoria Park through the end of the 2017-2018 season.
Boyce, 24, joined the club last season after a number of successful seasons at Cliftonville F.C. in Northern Ireland and a short stint in Germany with Werder Bremen’s reserve side. Since coming to Dingwall Boyce has tallied 28 goals from 55 matches in all competitions (despite missing a month of this season with a broke wrist), including the first ever Ross County hat trick in the Premiership.
This news comes as a relief to County supporters, many of whom were resigned to the fact that Boyce’s form over the past two years was going to lead to him ultimately being sold on to a bigger club. While the proceeds from any such sale would be a boon to the club, the fact that Boyce wants to stay and that the club wants to keep him speaks volumes about the club’s rise in status in recent years.
The news also signals the continuing of a new approach by County’s management and ownership, i.e., a willingness to commit to its players both in terms of time and money rather than letting them walk as they become more expensive and hoping to replace them with “cheaper models.” This is a clear signal to club supporters that the only way the club will be relegated from the top flight in the future will be to lose on the pitch, not because they’ve tried to do the job on the cheap.
Well done to the club and to Liam- looking forward to him banging in the goals well into the future!