Released Ross County youngsters sign for Brora Rangers
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FORMER Ross County players Gregor MacDonald and Jamie Stephen have signed for Highland League champions Brora Rangers.
Winger MacDonald (19) who was on loan at Keith last season, has joined the Cattachs after being released by Ross County on a two-year deal.
Goalkeeper Stephen (17) has also joined the Sutherland outfit after impressing in trials against Elgin City and Orkney.
They are two of three signings the club has made along with ex-Caley Thistle midfielder Millar Gamble.
All three players were in the squad which lost 3-1 to Hibernian in the opening group stage match of the Betfred Cup.
Brora Rangers manager and former Ross County forward Steven Mackay says it is a boost to sign three players who have been brought through the youth systems of professional clubs.
He says they are a perfect fit for the club’s philosophy.
“They come from full-time teams so they come with habits and disciplines we like to instil into our players,” he said.
“We might be a semi-professional club, but we like to operate like a professional club and it is great to get players at a young age.
Jamie is 17, Millar is 18 and Gregor is 19. They are young committed full time and perhaps have a point to prove.
Mackay hopes his new additions can take inspiration from other players who have come from professional clubs and make a big impact with Brora.
“We’re delighted to secure them to the club and look forward to working with them and developing them,” he said.
“Brora is a great environment for them, and we have a talented young squad.
“It was seen from last season James Wallace, Tom Kelly and Jordan Macrae did well for us.
“It gave them a platform and if they can work hard for their place who knows what can work for them.”