Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Liam Fontaine determined to help Ross County flourish on top-flight return

Ross County's Liam Fontaine.
Ross County's Liam Fontaine.

Ross County defender Liam Fontaine is determined to show the Staggies are a stronger entity after winning promotion back to the top-flight at the first attempt.

County are preparing for life back in the Premiership, after co-managers Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson guided the Dingwall men to the Championship title following relegation 12 months ago.

That setback followed a six-year stint in the Premiership, however Englishman Fontaine feels the Staggies have made the most of their opportunity to rebuild in the second-tier.

Fontaine, who helped Hibernian win promotion from the Championship in 2017, said: “I think we can build on it. Sometimes going through relegation can help a club because then you can clear out what you need to clear out.

“You can rebuild a whole new squad with a whole new hunger, with new managers – in our case new to the managerial game as well.

“It was a whole new team and animal that was built and it can do good.

“I can relate it back to Hibs who did the same thing. They went down and had to rebuild from scratch, bringing in the people they did not just player-wise but with Leanne Dempster and George Craig.

“It is proven it can work in a positive way. So long as a club brings in the right people, then relegation can always benefit the club longer-term.”

Fontaine is not underestimating the challenge that awaits the Highlanders in the top-flight however, adding: “What people class as the top four or five are going to be very strong. We need to set ourselves a realistic target. We’ll keep that within camp, but it is just great to be back.”

Fontaine missed much of last season due to a ruptured achilles which he suffered in November, but returned to feature in County’s title-clinching 4-0 victory over Queen of the South in April.

The 33-year-old is thrilled to be back involved, adding: “At the age I’m at, maybe people thought it was too much to do, but the club looked after me and sent me to the right surgeon.

“When I did the injury a lot of people said I wouldn’t be back until August this year.

“You set targets in your head and keep them to yourself. You’d never rush back from injury, but I had a good surgeon and the rehabilitation of the actual tendon was great.

“I wasn’t rushing it or pushing myself, but I was able to tick boxes early. I didn’t think about proving a point, but I did everything right and got given the all-clear along the way.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in