ATTEMPTS to keep together Ross County's title-winning squad for an historic assault on the SPL were dealt a blow today.
County defender Gary Miller has left the Staggies to join fellow SPL side, St Johnstone.
The 25-year-old defender has agreed a deal with thePerth club after five years with Ross County.
There was an immediate reaction of disappointment from fans, many of whom are keen to see the First Division title-winning squad remain as intact as possible.
One fan, Amy Garrow, summed up the thoughts of many though when she commented: "Gutted is an understatement but wish him all the best."
Having impressed on-loan in the Second Division title-winning season, Miller returned to former club Livingston in summer 2008 and enjoyed a further season as a first team regular.
County manager Derek Adams kept a close eye on the full-back, though, and was able to snap him up the following season.
Valued for his surging runs and committed tackling, he went on to make the right back slot his own.
Miller was offered a contract extension at Victoria Park because his current deal expires next week.
But he has turned down the chance to feature in County’s debut SPL campaign.
County manager Derek Adams yesterday warned deals for out of contract players would be reviewed next week.
Gary Miller Tweeted: "I would like to thank Ross County and Staggies supporters," he said. "I had a great five years at the club and couldn’t praise either of them any higher!
"It is a great club with great fans. I’m glad to have sorted my future out and I am happy to have signed for St Johnstone. I’m looking forward to the start of the new season."
Miller made 43 appearances during the club’s First Division championship winning season.
He is the first player to leave the club since they were promoted to the top flight.
St Johnstone will compete in the Europa League next season.