Josh Mullin insists he is in no rush to follow Jamie Lindsay to England.
Watching Lindsay join English League One side Rotherham felt like losing a brother, as Mullin relayed on Twitter, with the pair becoming great friends last season.
The ex-Livingston winger faced his own feverish transfer speculation during the close season after lighting up the Championship title campaign with 14 goals and 21 assists.
With Polish club Legia Warsaw and several from north and south of the border showing interest, County’s management team made contingency plans for losing the 26 year-old.
But Mullin, while ambitious, is nothing but level-headed about his future and felt he had unfinished business with the Premiership-bound Staggies.
Speaking for the first time about extending his stay through to summer 2021, Mullin said: “I keep banging on about it, but the main thing for me is definitely the managers and how they’ve helped improve my game.
“That was massive for me. Starting this league campaign, you can see the way I’m going into games. I’m feeling confident.
“That’s all down to the managers. For me, there was no reason for change right now. There is still plenty of time and I’m certainly happy here.
“Committing to another year was a wee bit about showing the managers and the chairman I do appreciate everything they did for me last season. To get that sorted was fantastic.”
Should Mullin repeat last season’s feats on a Premiership platform, there will be a whole new level of interest in his talents next summer.
But a player who rebuilt his career in the Ayrshire juniors after youth spells at Celtic, Rangers and Falkirk, is keeping feet firmly on the ground.
Mullin stressed: “You hear people saying if I do the same again this season I’ll have no worries.
“I’d love to repeat the season I had, but it is going to be a much tougher test.
“What I want to be is involved and contributing to the team as much as possible, as I did in the draw at Tynecastle and with an assist at Hamilton. If I can do that on a regular basis, I’ll be happy.”
As for Lindsay’s departure in an undisclosed six-figure deal, Mullin admitted: “It might sound a bit daft, but it was hard to see him go.
“Jamie’s a boy I met last year and we became really close. He actually move into my house just before he left. He loved it here at Ross County, just as I do, but loads of boys don’t get these opportunities. The managers were big on that as well.
“When you do, it is hard to turn them down.”