Ross County midfielder Jordan Tillson is at home in the Highlands
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MANY of his Ross County team-mates will head off to the UK’s far corners for a few days’ respite during the international break – but not Jordan Tillson.
The Staggies’ midfielder’s roots are in Devon and Somerset, but the heart is Highland these days.
Settled in the area with his young family, Tillson will be more likely to be found scouring a Highland tourist guide for sight-seeing trips than digging out a British road atlas.
“We have a couple of days off this weekend, so it will be nice to catch breath after quite a busy period,” the 28-year-old said.
“I was going to go home, but I’m quite settled and happy up here. It’s quite nice to just have a couple of days with the family, as we have had quite a few away games recently.
“I have been quite a long way around the Highlands. I have been up past Brora, although not quite as far as John O’Groats.
“When I fancy an explore, I just call Dale Pryde-MacDonald, our club brand development officer, for suggestions. It’s beautiful, especially when the weather is so nice.”
Home comforts is a theme for Tillson, arguably County’s most consistent steadying influence in the team’s engine room this season.
Four of the next six games, through to late November, will be at Victoria Park with crucial points at stake for a team playing well but still chasing that first win.
“It’s always nice to play at home, back in front of a home crowd. It’s important to have the fans back in the stadium after Covid,” Tillson stressed
“Crowds were in only for my first eight games here and then it all changed with Covid. I can imagine it has been hard for the fans, paying their TV subscriptions and not all of them will have had access to it.
“It makes it easier when we’re at home with fans behind us and we need to try and capitalise on it in coming games.
“We have had a lot of bodies come in since the start of the season, but everyone has bought into the manager’s words and advice on how he wants to play.
“We have stuck to the gameplan he wants, but the break gives us the chance to have a little reset and work to be ready for the next few games.
“It gives us time to do things we wouldn’t have the chance to do during the week with a game ahead.”