Stuart Balmer to assist Derek Adams at Ross County

Scott Calderwood, Jimmy Calderwood and Stuart Balmer with the Challenge Cup
Balmer (right) helped County win the Challenge Cup last season

Stuart Balmer has been appointed assistant manager to Derek Adams by Ross County.

The 41-year-old had arrived at Victoria Park in January as number two to Willie McStay, who was sacked a month later.

Jimmy Calderwood took over as manager and appointed his son, Scott, as assistant while Balmer stayed as coach.

But Calderwood left after County narrowly avoided relegation, with Adams returning after his six-month spell as Hibernian assistant.

Adams has asked Balmer to remain with the First Division club and told their website: "He is familiar with the squad after working here for the past six months and he brings a good work ethic and provides stability to the football club."

Balmer, who was on the books of Celtic, Charlton, Wigan, Oldham, Boston, Clyde, Hamilton and St Mirren as a player, has previous coaching experience at New Douglas Park and in Paisley.

Meanwhile, County have signed former Inverness and Motherwell goalkeeper Michael Fraser on a one-year deal.

Adams has also added two more County returnees to his backroom staff in Dingwall.

Stuart Millar is back as chief scout after working as part of Aberdeen's opposition analysis team under manager Craig Brown, while Ian Mackinnon will again provide mathday video analysis for Adams.