Home   Sport   Article

New Ross County signing Yan Dhanda is out to excite fanbase as former Swansea City and Liverpool man eyes European football in Dingwall

By Alasdair Fraser

Easier access to your trusted, local news. Subscribe to a digital package and support local news publishing.

Yan Dhanda is out to target Europa League football with Ross County after knocking back good offers in England to move north of the border.

The attacking midfielder brings a rich pedigree, having been tutored for five years within the prestigious Liverpool youth academy.

Either side of that amazing grounding, the 23-year-old started out in the West Bromwich Albion youths and later savoured four years of Championship football with Swansea – with 63 appearances – after leaving Merseyside.

Yan Dhanda aims to excite the Ross County faithful. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Yan Dhanda aims to excite the Ross County faithful. Picture: Ken Macpherson

At 23, he comes with plenty of first team experience, but also abundant promise.

County manager Malky Mackay’s obvious desire to bring him to Dingwall was a huge factor in his decision.

“I’m a confident player and really positive on the pitch – I’m always trying to go forward and make things happen, so I honestly just can’t wait to get going,” Dhanda said.

“I’ve had many positive conversations with the manager and he’s a key factor in why I came up here.

“I’m excited to play for him and show what I can do this year.

“I was close to coming to Ross County in January, but it fell through and I was gutted. I’m here now, and hopefully we can push on from last year’s progress for the club and get into Europe.”

Mackay played a big part in selling County to Dhanda as a club and destination.

“I had conversations with different clubs, but something inside was telling me Ross County was right – and I always trust my gut instinct,” he said.

“The manager believes in me. Sometimes as a player, all you want is to feel appreciated.

“You can play your best football when you’re happy and I really want to play for the manager here. I’m desperate to repay him on the pitch.

“I’m buzzing to be here. I was actually surprised at how nice Inverness was, with a bit more here than there is in Swansea.

“The training ground and pitch is lovely. I feel like these are the places where I really enjoy my football, focus on football and go for nice dinners and coffees, stuff like that.

“I’ve got a dog and I’ve heard from everyone that Inverness is good for dog walks. I’ll be travelling the Highlands to find the best places to walk my dog.”

Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More