New Ross County midfielder Callachan out to avoid repeat of 'bittersweet' season with Hamilton
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Ross Callachan wants to make sure there is no reason to think of next season as bittersweet after signing for Ross County.
The 27-year-old starred for Hamilton Academical over the last year, finishing the campaign as the club's top scorer with 10 goals, but suffering the pain of relegation from the Premiership.
County were another one of the teams fighting against the drop right up until the final matches of the season, so Callachan wants to repeat his individual successes while helping his new teammates finish higher up the league table.
"Personally, I don't want to have another season like last year," he insisted.
"It was a wee bit bittersweet, because I was doing well but we weren't as a team, so it was quite hard.
"I'm always motivated, it doesn't take much to get me motivated, so I'm looking forward to the season ahead.
"The main thing for us I think after last season is Premiership safety. Anything after that is a bonus.
"The club clearly don't want to have another season like they did last year, so it's my job to help them do that and push on from there."
Callachan had reportedly been the subject of interest from other top flight clubs in Scotland, as well as teams south of the border.
It was the Staggies' desire to bring him on board, though, that convinced him to make the move to Dingwall.
"It was just how much they wanted me, and they showed that more than other clubs," Callachan explained.
"That was it for me, I wanted to go somewhere where I was wanted – I think most players will tell you that.
"I've not heard a bad word about Ross County, everybody speaks pretty highly of the club, and about Inverness and Dingwall, so it was a no-brainer for me to come up here."