Ross County goalkeeper Gary Woods is determined to boost his chances of a long-term deal with the Staggies by making his mark with the Staggies.
On-loan Leyton Orient goalkeeper Woods will make his first start for County in tonight’s Premiership fixture against Aberdeen after first-choice custodian Scott Fox suffered ankle ligament damage in the 2-1 defeat by Caley Thistle this month.
Fox will be out of action for at least the next eight weeks, meaning Woods is set to enjoy a sustained run in the team.
Having enjoyed his spell in the Highlands so far, Woods is eager to grab the opportunity that awaits him and hopes impressing for the Staggies can help him remain at Dingwall beyond the expiry of his loan in January.
The 25-year-old said: “I’ll just take each game as it comes but it could give me a decent run in the team. Goalkeepers need a run of games, not just a game here or there.
“I’ve got that chance to show the manager and all the supporters what I can do and, hopefully, stay in the team long-term.
“Everything here is positive. My family have moved and really enjoy the area. If they’re happy, that helps me settle in. Then we’re coming into what is a winning environment this season.
“We feel we can win every game we play, so that also helps. I’m really enjoying my time here, so if something does materialise later down the line I’ll be more than happy to do something.”
Woods was a transfer deadline day signing from English League 1 side Orient last month and has been forced to show patience in his wait for first-team football due to the consistency of former Partick Thistle goalkeeper Fox.
Although he sympathises with his fellow goalkeeper, Woods is glad his chance has arrived and he is determined to mark his first start with a victory against the Dons, with the league leaders coming into the game on the back of three straight losses.
Woods added: “I would never wish injury on Scott or anyone else. It was unfortunate but it gives me a chance to come in and impress.
“It probably has come a bit quicker than I expected. Scott was doing well in the team. When the team’s doing well and winning, how do I get in?
“The manager is never going to change a winning team but it has happened and it is up to me to take the opportunity.
“We have a run of tough games coming up, starting against Aberdeen. They’re not on a good run of form but we won’t take that for granted.
“We will just look to get our stuff done and do what we need to do and, hopefully, get the result we want.”