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The January Transfer Window

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Jason Naismith

The January transfer window is more than half over and Ross County have finally made a few moves toward strengthening the club for the second half of the season.

In perhaps the worst-kept secret of the transfer window, Jason Naismith, the St. Mirren defender signed to a pre-contract agreement with County only a few days ago, will join the club immediately- not at the end of the season.  Nothing shocking about this bit of business as it seemed all along that the only thing preventing the immediate transfer of Naismith from Paisley to Dingwall was the need for the two clubs to agree a fee.  They’ve done so and I’d imagine Naismith will be suiting up for County as soon as is feasible.

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Jim O’Brien

Winger Jim O’Brien will be joining County for the rest of the season on loan from League One side Shrewsbury Town F.C..  O’Brien began his career with Celtic where he had loan spells at Dunfermline (while current County skipper Jim McIntyre was in charge) and Dundee United as well as a transfer to Motherwell before moving south to play in the Championship for Barnsley and in League One for Coventry City, Scunthorpe United and the aforementioned Shrewsbury Town.  Having competed at that level one would expect him to challenge for a place in the starting eleven at Victoria Park.

On the face of it these two moves seem to address County’s two problem issues- central defense and creative play on the wings, though I would hope that Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds are still in the hunt for either an additional central defender or a “ball-winning” midfielder to play in front of the back line.

Oh, and perhaps most importantly, as of this moment Liam Boyce is still a Staggie.

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In other, less-interesting news, Major League Soccer recently completed the 2017 SuperDraft and the New England Revolution…selected some players.

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Brian Wright

Using a first round pick they acquired when they shipped Jermaine Jones to Colorado they selected striker Brian Wright.  Perhaps not one of the premier players in the draft, Wright’s story could end up being a good one.  Wright is a Canadian who played for four years at the University of Vermont and has now been drafted by the New England Revolution.  From the perspective of the club’s supporters, he’ll get the benefit of the doubt going into the 2017 season.  He’s not quite the “local boy made good,” but the next best thing- a “local” college kid signed by the local club.Using a first round pick they acquired when they shipped Jermaine Jones to Colorado they selected striker Brian Wright.  Perhaps not one of the premier players in the draft, Wright’s story could end up being a good one.  Wright is a Canadian who played for four years at the University of Vermont and has now been drafted by the New England Revolution.  From the perspective of the club’s supporters, he’ll get the benefit of the doubt going into the 2017 season.  He’s not quite the “local boy made good,” but the next best thing- a “local” college kid signed by the local club.

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In the second round they selected midfielder Napo Matsoso from the University of Kentucky.  A native of Lesotho, Matsoso was a four year starter at Kentucky after graduating from St. Francis High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  A bit on the small side- 5’6”, 150lbs- Matsoso still led his team in scoring and served as its captain during his senior season.  He’s probably not going to displace the likes of Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, etc. from the Revolution midfield, but perhaps he can add a spark towards the end of matches.

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Joshua Smith

With no pick in the third round, the Revolution completed their draft by selecting University of San Francisco defender Joshua Smith in the fourth round.  Smith, in my opinion could turn out to be something of a steal.  Though born in Louisiana he grew up in the Kaiserslautern area of Germany while his father served in the military.  In addition to playing with 1. FC Kaiserslautern U17 and U19 sides he was also a member of the USMNT’s U17 side.

Now to wait patiently for the “big international signings” the club has been touting for the last few weeks…

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