Ross County Football Club is delighted to announce that four Academy graduates have signed their first professional contracts at the club, with another extending their current deal.
Joel Macbeath, Tom Kelly, Mark Gallagher and Jack Murray have signed professional terms with the club after completing their Modern Apprenticeships. Fellow youth product, James Wallace, has also extended his deal with the club.
Speaking about the five players, Reserve team manager, Richie Brittain, said:
"They have all worked extremely hard over the last year and beyond and this is a reward for all their hard work and dedication. Joel, Mark, Tom and Jack have all recently finished their two year Modern Apprenticeship scheme so have progressed onto their first professional contracts and James has earned another professional contract. This is testament to all of them and shows the faith that the club has in them. All of them of have been associated with the club for a number of years now and it is great to see five academy graduates continuing their footballing journey at our football club in what will be an exciting time on our return to the Scottish Premiership."
First team co-manager, Stuart Kettlewell, said: "It's been a good season for the Reserves and Richie has done a great job with them. Not to focus on individuals, we have seen great progression from a number of the lads this season and that is reflected by the fact that we have given out seven first team debuts. So the link and opportunities are 100 per cent there and Steven and myself have shown we are not scared to give opportunities to young players if we think they've earned it. Ross Munro and Tom Grivosti are great examples this season with Ross featuring in the IRN BRU Cup from start to finish and Tom breaking into the first team and playing a key part."