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"Ferguson confirmed as first Ross County academy chief"
Happy that this part of our club is making great progress!
Well done Fergie, hope you are here for years to come.


FORMER Ross County midfielder Steven Ferguson was confirmed as the Scottish Premiership club’s first academy director yesterday.

Three years ago, Ferguson made the move from first-team assistant manager under former boss Derek Adams to accept the role of head of youth and community.

In his time in that role, his team have transformed the youth pathway at the club right through from community grassroots to the SPFL Development League championship-winning squad.
The club say that, with a sustainable structure and procedures in place, Ferguson’s new role will see him take County’s youth development "to the next level".
Ferguson will still have overall responsibility for the management of youth and community development at County, but his focus will now be on creating an Elite Performance Academy in Dingwall for players aged from eight to 18-years-old, which is central to the club’s youth strategy and vision for the future.
Ferguson has been tasked with putting a specialist team in place that will deliver on all aspects of an Elite Performance Academy.
The process has already started, with Gordon Duff taking up his new role as community manager and Calum MacAskill leaving St Mirren to join as academy physiotherapist, with more appointments expected next week.
Ferguson said: "After a number of lengthy discussion with our chairman Roy MacGregor it became apparent that, three years on from setting out on the journey to revolutionise youth development at the club, that we still shared the same passion and vision to push on and achieve the next phase of creating an elite performance academy.
"It was an easy decision to accept the role of academy director.
"We have been able to achieve a lot over the last three years – which has taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people – but we have out-grown our current set-up and feel the time is right for change that will let us continue to grow moving forward."
Speaking about Ferguson’s appointment, MacGregor, said: "Steven is the perfect guy to deliver on our vision of having an elite performance academy at the club."

Great news to hear that the club is pushing forward with youth development. Based on the success of the first products of the youth set up I hope that this willnattract more youngsters to move north to develop their football skills and career. Congratulations to Steve Ferguson for his top class work (hope we can keep him) and many thanks to the chairman for his vision and investment.

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