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Scotland internationalist advised defender to move from Southampton to Ross County


By Alasdair Fraser

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JAKE Vokins told how Scotland international Stuart Armstrong, his Southampton club-mate, influenced his decision to join Ross County on loan.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Scottish Premier Sports Cup. Brora Rangers(0) v Ross County(1). 21.07.21. Ross County's Jake Vokins with his new team-mates.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Scottish Premier Sports Cup. Brora Rangers(0) v Ross County(1). 21.07.21. Ross County's Jake Vokins with his new team-mates.

The highly-rated Southampton youth academy graduate can count just 10 first-team appearances since his senior debut as a late substitute against Manchester City in October 2019.

Among them are outings against Brighton and Arsenal – and now Brora Rangers away.

Vokins (21) marked his first competitive bow for the Staggies with a superb corner kick assist for Alex Iacovitti’s headed winner in Wednesday’s League Cup clash.

It capped a very effective and promising first performance at left-back in Malky Mackay’s team, with Vokins eager to use his immersion in Scotland as a crucial career stepping stone.

“I spoke to a few players, Stuart Armstrong included, about coming to Scotland, and they said it was a good league to come to, to get games and experience in first-team football on a regular basis,” the England under-19 cap said.

He added: “I know it is a very high-quality league, with some big clubs and it will help my professionalism as a player.

“Stuart spent part of his youth in Inverness, and told me it was a really nice area to live as well, with friendly people.”

After playing in the win at Brora on Wednesday, he is looking forward to Montrose tomorrow and the Premiership starting next weekend.

“I’m just happy to get started. I was itching to start and get playing. Learning off experienced players and playing first-team football week in, week out is what I’ve come here for.

“I want to play as many games as possible and help the team achieve its aims.

“The quality and nature of the league is definitely going to challenge me as a player.

“There’s definitely some good talent in the squad and hopefully we can go far this season and do really well.”


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