Published: 25/07/2017 10:07 - Updated: 25/07/2017 10:16

Ross County snap up former Caley Thistle striker Billy Mckay on two-year deal

Written byJamie Durent


Jim McIntyre with new Ross County signing Billy Mckay.
Jim McIntyre with new Ross County signing Billy Mckay.

ROSS County have signed former Caley Thistle striker Billy Mckay on a two-year deal.

The Northern Ireland international was surplus to requirements at previous club Wigan and makes a permanent switch back to the Highlands.

Mckay scored 65 goals in 157 games over two spells with the Caley Jags and spent the second half of last season on loan in Inverness. He first joined in the summer of 2011 and departed for the DW Stadium in January 2015.

There was still another year to run on his contract with Wigan but Mckay was widely expected to leave. He follows another ex-Dundee United player, Thomas Mikkelsen, to Dingwall and Jim McIntyre made it clear why he was signed.

“I’m delighted to bring Billy to Dingwall. He is a player that we know well and the type of player that we feel can do well for us," he said.

"I was keen to add more goal threat to our squad and Billy gives us that.  He is great in and around the box and I am sure he will get goals for us.”

Subject to international clearance being received, Mckay could make his debut in this weekend's final Betfred Cup group fixture with Arbroath.

Billy Mckay spent the second half of last season on loan at Caley Thistle. Picture: Ken Macpherson.
Billy Mckay spent the second half of last season on loan at Caley Thistle. Pictures: Ken Macpherson.

 

Mckay started his career at Leicester City before moving on to Northampton Town. Terry Butcher brought him to the Highland capital in 2011 and he went on to become a fan favourite at the Caledonian Stadium.

After his departure, he lasted just seven months at Wigan, before signing for United on loan. He could prevent their drop to the Championship before returning to his parent club.

The 28-year-old spent the first half of last season at Oldham prior to his ill-fated second stint at Caley Thistle, which ended with their relegation.

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