Published: 18/06/2017 07:00 - Updated: 18/06/2017 07:11

Ross County snap up U21 cap defender as van der Weg leaves club

Kenny van der Weg was unable to agree terms with Ross County.
Kenny van der Weg was unable to agree terms with Ross County.

ROSS COUNTY have snapped up Scotland under 21 cap Sean Kelly to plug the gap left by departing Kenny van der Weg.

While the Dingwall club confirmed the Dutch left back had knocked back the offer of a new deal, manager Jim McIntyre had already lined up Kelly as his first summer recruit.

The former St Mirren defender, who can operate at left or centre back, spent last season with AFC Wimbledon making 32 appearances for the mid-table League One side.

Kelly, 23, left St Mirren last summer to join Neal Ardley’s side. He will be re-united with former Buddies team-mate and fellow defender Jason Naismith at the Global Energy Stadium.

The Glaswegian started his career as a trainee at St Mirren, making his debut against Caley Thistle in August 2013.

He also spent time on loan at Montrose and East Stirling, but his progress with Saints saw him earn his single under 21 cap against Hungary in March 2014.

Manager Jim McIntyre said: “We’re delighted to have Sean on board and we’re working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the squad in other areas.”

Van Der Weg, who made 38 County appearances last season, established himself as a solid performer in McIntyre’s side after arriving from NAC Breda last summer.

The 26-year-old was reported as being unhappy in Dingwall latterly in the season, although he claimed comments made to a Dutch football magazine had been taken out of context.

A County statement read: “Kenny Van Der Weg has been unable to agree new contract terms and will be leaving the club this summer. We would like to wish him all the best for his future career.”

County have also told Ian McShane, previously with Queen of the South, and a fellow midfielder Martin Woods, the former Leeds, Sunderland and Shrewsbury man, they can leave.

Both players have a year remaining on their County contracts.

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