Ross County midfielder Ryan Dow hopes continuity can breed success for the Staggies this season.
Despite the loss of leading scorer Liam Boyce to Burton Albion in a £500,000 deal last month, County retained several players on new deals towards the end of last season, including Dow, who signed a two-year extension.
County’s only new addition so far this summer is former St Mirren and AFC Wimbledon defender Sean Kelly, although the Staggies are in talks with Peterborough United over a deal for attacker Shaq Coulthirst.
After ending last season with an eight-game unbeaten streak which secured seventh place in the Premiership, Dow hopes his side can take momentum into the new campaign.
Jim McIntyre’s men step up their preparation for the new campaign with their first friendly against Elgin City at Borough Briggs today before flying to La Manga where they will take on Spanish side Murcia and French outfit Valenciennes.
Dow said: “It’s huge as a player to have that bit of stability. The club signed up a few other players as well and they have kept a similar squad.
“The squad is good enough to be higher than where we were last year, so I think it will all be looking good for this season.
“Hopefully, we can perform a bit better next year and kick on.”
Former Dundee United player Dow had no hesitation in committing his future to Victoria Park, adding: “It’s a weight off my mind when I’ve got a long-term future at the club.
“Me and my family are settled here and I love training every day and playing.
“The boys have made me feel welcome, so I didn’t feel like I had to go anywhere else. I’m happy here.”