Published: 09/08/2017 17:25 - Updated: 10/08/2017 07:33

UPDATED - Ross County strike deal to land Caley Thistle star Ross Draper

Written byPaul Chalk


Ross Draper, left, has teamed up with former Caley Thistle team-mate Billy Mckay at Ross County.
Ross Draper, left, has teamed up with former Caley Thistle team-mate Billy Mckay at Ross County.

ROSS County last night completed the signing of Caley Thistle midfielder Ross Draper.

The top-flight Dingwall club had three bids for the 28-year-old knocked back, but they have met the asking price fo more than £100k.

County, who host Motherwell this evening in the second round of the Betfred Cup, announced the tea-time news and he joins the Staggies, subject to passing a medical.

This will be a huge blow, however, to John Robertson, who had budgeted for the towering Englishman this season as the Highlanders aim to win promotion back from the Championship following their relegation under Richie Foran in May.

It's understood that Draper, with speculation on-going about his future, submitted a transfer request and the talks were resumed behind closed doors.

Caley Thistle chairman Willie Finlayson made this statement about the transfer: "Ross has been an outstanding servant to ICT and we are sad to lose him. In light of him putting in a transfer request however, and having turned down several offers by Ross County, we have reluctantly agreed to his move. This decision has been supported by John Robertson and his management team.

"On the positive side, our manager is confident that he can now go and further strengthen our squad for the season ahead.

"We do, of course, accept that it is always disappointing when much loved players leave the club. Ross has been an integral part of a great journey which has had many memorable moments.

"We therefore thank him for his considerable contribution and would like to wish him and his family well for the future."

Draper joined the Caley Jags in the summer of 2012 from Macclesfield and has racked up close to 200 appearances, including the 2015 Scottish Cup final win against Falkirk.

It's a great deal though for County after losing Martin Woods and he provides great cover in a midfield boasting Tim Chow, Michael Gardyne, Christopher Routis, Ryan Down and on-loan Celtic player Jamie Lindsay.

Ross County and Caley Thistle will hold press conferences today, with Draper sure to dominate the chat ahead of their respective league games against Aberdeen and Dunfermline this weekend.

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