Midfielder Blair Spittal feels he has unfinished business in the Premiership after joining Ross County on a two-year deal.
Spittal yesterday completed his move to Dingwall after opting to leave Partick Thistle, following a campaign which saw him win the Jags’ player of the year award.
Having twice suffered relegation from the top-flight with Partick and previous club Dundee United, Spittal was hungry to link up with the newly-promoted Staggies ahead of the new season.
Spittal said: “I feel like I have a point to prove in the Premiership after being involved in two relegations.
“Those were not good experiences but I feel positive about things here and am looking forward to it.
“You could say I was in the wrong places at the wrong time but I also didn’t play as well as I can during those times.
“But it’s in the past now, there is nothing I can do about it and I’m just happy to get another chance to show what I can do at that level.
“I had probably my most consistent season last year so I have to build on that and show I can do it in the top league. I think I can do that here.”
Spittal becomes Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson’s third signing of the summer following the captures of Joe Chalmers and Ross Laidlaw.
With the Staggies co-managers having kept the nucleus of the squad in place, Spittal is hopeful County can quickly adapt to life in the top-flight.
The 23-year-old added: “I played against the team last year so saw the momentum they built up throughout the campaign.
“We didn’t win a game against Ross County last season and they win they got against Partick late on, coming back from 2-0 down to beat us 4-2 showed the character they have.
“The managers have kept the vast majority of the squad together and added a few players, so that continuity will be a big thing.
“Livingston did that last season, they came up and did really well so hopefully we can do the same this time round.”
Spittal acknowledges he faces stiff competition to break into County’s line-up, adding: “It’s going to be difficult to get into the team because there are good players here who have just won a league.
“So I have to hit the ground running in pre-season. We have players like Michael Gardyne and Josh Mullin who play out wide, so there is competition.
“I can also play centrally and did that for the second half of the season and I think he got the best out of me. I am happy to play anywhere.”