FORMER Manchester United winger Chris Eagles has signed for Ross County until the end of the season.
And he will be pitched straight into the squad for the weekend clash at Hearts after international clearance was sealed.
Eagles said: “It didn’t matter what they offered me, I was always going to sign here. Owen Coyle has always made me feel wanted, ever since he bought me from Manchester United to Burnley.
“That’s the third time he has signed me after Burnley and Bolton and he had talks with me when he was manager of Blackburn Rovers.
“I believe I play my best football under him. He also makes you feel happy, and you can see that just by the way the other players are with him. He has given the club a family feel.
“I came up here last week and absolutely loved it. The training has been to a high standard too. I don’t know how other players are but I like to have managers who make me feel special. It was like that with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
“I watched the game on Saturday against Celtic and the fans seemed brilliant here. Hopefully they enjoy what I bring to the club.”
Ironically Eagles (32) chose the snowbound surrounds of Dingwall instead of Abu Dhabi following his departure from Port Vale.
And he joked on Thursday: “When I woke up and saw all that snow I thought it was Christmas and was going to go back to bed!
“Seriously, I am really looking forward to playing here. When I’m fit I can promise the fans some goals, that’s for sure.”
Eagles won promotion with Coyle at Burnley to the top flight and told how he savoured playing for him at Bolton.
But he admitted: “I really enjoyed my time at Port Vale and it was just a shame they got relegated. I had the chance to go to a club in Abu Dhabi and everyone knows the money side of things over there.
“But we could not agree personal terms, although you never know what can happen in the future. I still have plenty to offer over here, although leaving it late my options weren’t great.
“But I knew the gaffer here and have always kept in contact with him since he departed Bolton three and a half years ago. So I’m back playing for a manager I love and obviously I know his assistant Sandy Stewart as well. So it wasn’t a hard decision to make to come here.”
County manager Owen Coyle said: “We have signed Chris Eagles through to June 2018 which is an opportunity for both Chris and the club to get his career back on track to where we feel he should be playing.
“He’s somebody I know very well. I’d signed him twice before and saw him last year at Port Vale – and he still looked a fantastic player.
“It is an opportunity for him to come and show everybody what he’s got. If he has the same fire in his belly as he always had, we certainly know he has the ability.
“Subject to international clearance, he will travel with the squad for the game at Hearts.
“We obviously need to rebuild his match sharpness, given that he has been a free agent, but he’s a naturally fit lad.
“He brings tremendous quality on the ball, runs with the ball and he’s a scorer of goals as well as a creator – and he’s pleasing on the eye. First and foremost he must work really hard as this group do and then show the quality he has.”
In addition to the signing, the club has also agreed to send 20-year-old Reghan Tumilty out on loan to Championship side Falkirk.
Coyle said of the development squad graduate’s move: “This is a great opportunity for Reghan to gain regular first team experience over the next month, and we wish him well.”
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