Published: 17/06/2011 15:00 - Updated: 20/06/2011 12:04

New striker is County's sixth summer signing

Derek Adams - happy with progress but still on the lookout for new players.
Derek Adams - happy with progress but still on the lookout for new players.

DEREK Adams yesterday (Thursday) completed Ross County's sixth summer signing with the capture of striker Sam Morrow from Tranmere Rovers.

The ex-Hibernian and Derry City striker, who also had a loan spell at Livingston during the County manager's time there, agreed a two-year contract.

Morrow, 26, will now battle it out for a striking berth with fellow front men Colin McMenamin, Kurtis Byrne, Steven Craig and Garry Wood.

Adams, who has also drafted in ex-Caley Thistle stalwarts Grant Munro, Russell Duncan and Michael Fraser for next season, was delighted to complete the deal.

The County boss said, "Sam Morrow is an athletic six-footer and will blend in well with the other strikers we have. It's another option for us in the forward area.

"Obviously, last season there weren't enough goals scored. Now we have different options in the forward positions which can only help.

"There's an added variety there and hopefully we can score more goals. We'll need to score a lot more than we did last year."

Morrow began his career as a youth at Ipswich, before joining Hibs under Tony Mowbray in 2004.

Loan spells at Livingston and Partick preceded the Derry-born goalscorer's return to his native land in 2007.

The striker also picked up four Northern Ireland under-21 caps.

While Adams has worked with Morrow in the past, he also gauged the opinion of others in the game before making his move.

The County manager said, "Sam came in on loan from Hibernian to Livingston when I was there.

"He comes highly recommended. I also spoke to John Robertson, who worked with him over at Derry City, and Kenny Shiels (Kilmarnock's Northern Irish manager).

"I've worked with Sam before, know him and I've seen him play - he'll be a good acquisition for the squad.

"He spent the last season at Tranmere but didn't play a lot of games after they spent £30,000 to take him over from Coleraine.

"He's a player who should do well in this division."

Adams, who rejoined the club from Hibs late last month, is satisfied with the strengthening moves completed so far, but still wants to add to his squad for next season.

The Dingwall side endured a poor campaign last year on the back of their incredible run to the 2010 Scottish Cup final.

Adams confirmed ex-Celtic midfielder Rocco Quinn as one of several targets for County.

Scotland under-21 cap Quinn, 24, most recently at Queen of the South, is currently a free agent.

He said, "I'm happy. That's the sixth signing the club has made in the summer and we have brought in some very good players.

"We're delighted with the direction we are moving in but I'm still looking to add to the squad as we speak.

"It might not happen before pre-season starts (on Monday) but there's still that possibility.

"I've spoken to Rocco's advisors. There's nothing done yet but he is one of the targets I have.

"I've spoken to other agents about other players, but he is one of the ones I have spoken to.

"We've assembled a very good squad - and it's now up to the players to fight for their positions.

"I'm still looking to add because I do feel that will help in certain areas, but it's now up to the players who are here to stake their claim."

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