County tie up Raffaele De Vita and Rocco Quinn on deals

Rocco Quinn (bottom) celebrates his goal before the club announced he had signed a two-year deal
Rocco Quinn (bottom) celebrates his goal before the club announced he had signed a two-year deal

Raffaele De Vita and Rocco Quinn have signed contract extensions at Ross County.

De Vita has agreed a two-year extension to his deal, with Quinn signing on at Dingwall for another season.

County announced on Friday they were releasing 14 players, including former captain Richie Brittain.

Midfielder Quinn scored the winner in County's 2-1 victory against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

"We only have seven signed, maybe eight or nine now that Rocco and Rafa have agreed," said manager Jim McIntyre.

"We've got another four or five of the current group that we're speaking to and if they sign we'd probably need another six or seven players."

Jackson Irvine - a key player for County in the middle of the park - is due to return to parent club Celtic.

"Jackson's a Celtic player and they've offered him a new contract so it's not right for me to talk about what we'd like to do with him," said McIntyre, whose side finished ninth in the Scottish Premiership.

"I would just like to thank Celtic for loaning us him in the first place."

Outgoing captain Richard Brittain (left) comes on for Raffaele De Vita, who has signed a new deal
Outgoing captain Richard Brittain (left) comes on for Raffaele De Vita, who has signed a new deal

Brittain left the Rugby Park pitch in tears after his last appearance for the Dingwall side, whom he has been with for seven years.

McIntyre told BBC Scotland: "He's a fantastic person and he's been involved in everything that's good about Ross County over that period.

"He's captained the club in the Scottish Cup final and he's won the Challenge Cup and won leagues.

"It's a real wrench and he's devastated about having to leave. But he's been very supportive of me as well when I first arrived."

Striker Liam Boyce pulled County back into the final match of the season, cancelling out Greg Kiltie's opener for Kilmarnock and then setting up Quinn's winner.

"When striker's are in good goal scoring form they try these things and they come off," added McIntyre. "Whereas if you've not been scoring for a while they tend to fly over the bar.

"That gets him up to 10 league goals this season and he's had a real purple patch."

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