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.

Erwin determined to kick on with Staggies following unhappy Iran spell

21/07/18 BETFRED CUP
DUMBARTON V KILMARNOCK
C&G SYSTEM STADIUM
Lee Erwin in action for Kilmarnock
21/07/18 BETFRED CUP DUMBARTON V KILMARNOCK C&G SYSTEM STADIUM Lee Erwin in action for Kilmarnock

Lee Erwin is eager to feel wanted again at Ross County after ending an unhappy spell in Iran.

Forward Erwin yesterday completed his return to Scotland by signing a two-year deal with the Staggies, after ending a year-long stint with Persian Gulf Pro League outfit Tractor.

After former Wales manager John Toshack lured him to the middle east from Kilmarnock last August, Erwin made just six appearances, netting four goals.

In his final appearance against Zob Ahan in November, Erwin created Iranian top-flight history by scoring a hat-trick in just seven minutes in a 4-1 victory.

That remains Erwin’s last outing however, with the 24-year-old not subsequently featuring for Tractor after failing to settle.

Bellshill-born Erwin, who had previous stints with Motherwell and Killie, was keen to return to Scottish football.
He said: “I haven’t played since November – eight months.

“It just didn’t work out in Iran, for numerous reasons. That’s in the past now. I just need to move on.

“There’s no point dwelling on what happened.

“I wasn’t actually out of contract until mid-June. Until then, I wasn’t even able to negotiate or speak to anyone else.

“It was a difficult decision to come home. The first experience of playing abroad wasn’t obviously good.

“After so long without football, I was just eager to get back playing. I know the Scottish leagues well so just wanted to be back, settled, with family close by.

“Above all, it is good to be wanted.

“Some clubs are different and managers don’t have a say in who they bring in. At this club, it was obviously the managers who wanted me. That’s a big positive for me.”

Erwin could make his debut in County’s Betfred Cup tie against Forfar Athletic, with a draw against the League 1 outfit enough to secure the Staggies’ place in the last-16 of the competition.

Erwin accepts he is short of fitness following his frustrating spell on the sidelines, but he is confident he will quickly get back up to speed.

He added: “I need to get the short, sharp stuff. I’ve done a lot of one-on-one sessions down in Glasgow.

“But it doesn’t matter how much of that you do, when it comes to Saturday you need minutes.

“The sooner I get playing, the better. I’ll work hard at it.

“You take a different look at the game, especially when you’ve missed being involved day-to-day for so long.

“There are small things you appreciate, even just the changing room and the banter.

“Now I can just focus on playing, working hard, training, whereas before I maybe didn’t appreciate it as much.”

Erwin’s early breakthrough at Motherwell earned him a move to Leeds United in 2015, where he spent loan spells with Bury and Oldham Athletic.

Erwin’s move to Dingwall will reunite him with Staggies attacker Billy Mckay who he played with at Oldham, and he added: “It’s a great team and they won the Championship last year.

“They’ve strengthened the squad and it is looking like being an exciting season.

“I played with Billy Mckay at Oldham and, funnily enough, I saw on holiday last month. We were talking and, at that point, I was looking to stay abroad.

“I spoke to him last week and said I was coming up.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]