So the big(?) and confirmed news is that defender Kenny van der Weg will leave after just one season with Ross County. Apparently Kenny and the club could not come to terms on a new contract so he’s off to a new club. I guess I’m…ambivalent about this? On the one hand I would have liked to see him stay at Victoria Park, but on the other hand, I’m not gutted by his departure. Ultimately, he’s replaceable.
Falling somewhere between “rumor” and “fact” is the news that Matt Green has been invited to join the club on trial during the preseason. Green is a 30 year old striker who came out of the Bristol City youth set-up. Green has spent most of his career in the lower half of league football in England (he started out playing for Newport and Cardiff, two Welsh sides that play in the English system) or in the Conference Premier. Unlike some “strikers” County have brought to Dingwall in previous years, Green has scored goals. With the exception of an injury-marred spell with Birmingham City in the Championship, he has been at Mansfield Town since 2011, first as part of the Conference Premier and then after promotion to League Two. During that time he scored 84 goals in 174 matches, so more or less a “goal every other game” rate, which is completely respectable. Clearly he is auditioning as a potential replacement for Liam Boyce at some point. My only issue here is that he’s already 30 (Boyce turned 26 two months ago)- so, you offer him a one year deal? Two?
Finally, from the persistent rumor- but still only a rumor- is the news that County are interested in former Falkirk defender/midfielder Luke Leahy. The 24 year old Englishman has been a starter for the past three seasons for the Bairns, who narrowly missed promotion to the Premiership this season, so there’s little question about his quality as a player. The “problem” appears to be that in addition to County he has other suitors- Walsall and Chesterfield. Of the two I’d have to think Walsall is the more attractive (mid-table in League One v. just relegated to League Two), but I’m not at all sure where that would leave County. The club have definitely been able to sign some players from the League One and League Two levels in recent years, but you never really know the specific circumstances (McEveley, Routis, Davies, etc.), so you don’t know if they had other options.
That’s all for now!