Published: 07/01/2010 00:00 - Updated: 29/11/2011 17:05

Boyd makes it six at County

Scott Boyd (right) has become the sixth County player to pledge his future to the club.
Scott Boyd (right) has become the sixth County player to pledge his future to the club.

SCOTT Boyd this week became the sixth Ross County player to pledge their future to the Dingwall club.

The 23-year-old central defender follows Scott Morrison, Paul Lawson, Michael Gardyne, Gary Miller and Richard Brittain, who all penned extended deals.

Manager Derek Adams told the North Star the settled nature of the club helped persuade his stars to stay put.

He said: "We're delighted that Scott is the latest to agree a new deal and he's another who has done particularly well for us.

"We are delighted with the players who have signed. It's terrific that they have pledged their future to County.

"These players enjoy being at the club and they are obviously seeing progress here. They are happy in their environment and that's probably why they wanted to stay here. The club has changed in the last two years and they can see what we are trying to do behind the scenes.

"There's no doubt there was interest for our players, but it's all about a manager having confidence in his players. I have every confidence in them.

"Playing week in, week out has certainly been helpful to them in their careers.

"We have a few more players to talk to and we will do that over the coming weeks."

The severe snow and ice led to last Saturday's Irn Bru Division One derby clash at Caley Thistle being called off by police due to the road conditions.

Saturday's home Active Nation Scottish Cup fourth round match against Highland League opponents Inverurie Locos is already in doubt.

Adams says that if the game does go ahead, they must be on their guard against Locos.

He stressed: "It's a frustrating time for us because we prepare the same for every game, but we never know if games are going to be on or off at the moment. That's the difficult thing for footballers. We want to play, but haven't had a match for two weeks.

"Locos will be looking forward to coming here, playing at a nice stadium with a good pitch.

"It's a test for them to play against higher opposition, but we have no doubts that they are a good side.

"We would like to progress through the rounds. If we can do that and draw a team from a higher level then we can generate income.

"We have to be professional and go about our business as we do for our First Division games."

Adams, meanwhile, ruled out loan moves for ICT forward Andy Barrowman, whose 29 goals two years ago fired County to the Second Division title, and for Queen of the South forward Dennis Wyness.

The County boss is, however, plotting a move for one new player during this month's transfer window.

He explained: "We have 20 games to play in four months, which is a lot, so I will have to consider my options.

"I am running with a pool of 16 senior players and three youngsters. I'd say the budget is there for one more player to come in this month and I will look at that and see what happens."

Reflecting on last weekend's Highland derby call-off, Adams added: "We were looking forward to the game and we were going into it in high spirits.

"We wanted the game to go ahead because we were in confident mood, but the snow did come down heavily and, in the end, in was the right decision."

Results in Irn Bru Division One on Sunday and Monday leave County fourth in the table, eight points behind leaders Dundee, but with two games in hand.

Airdrie stunned the leaders 1-0 at Dens Park on Sunday, while Partick Thistle won 1-0 against visitors Morton on Monday night.

Adams said: "It's a difficult league and it just shows you how good a result we had against Airdrie (a 5-3 win). For Airdrie to go to Dundee and win 1-0 was an excellent performance from them."

If Saturday's cup clash against Locos does go ahead, the only absentee from the Staggies squad is Daniel Moore, who misses out with a groin injury.

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