Ross County sign midfielder Mark Fotheringham after Dundee exit

Mark Fotheringham in action for Livingston
Mark Fotheringham in action for Livingston

Ross County have signed former Freiburg and Norwich City midfielder Mark Fotheringham after his summer release by Dundee.

The 28-year-old, who was on a short-term deal at Dens Park, has signed until the summer after a trial.

Fotheringham said: "I'm bursting to play because it's been frustrating watching games with the league starting here and in Europe.

"I want to earn the right to be part of the Ross County team."

The much-travelled midfielder began his first spell with Dundee in 2003 after coming through the ranks with Celtic.

He moved to German football with Freiburg then to Switzerland with Aarau before spending two seasons with Norwich in England.

Fotheringham had a brief spell with Dundee United before heading abroad again, this time to Cyprus with Αnorthosis Famagusta.

He began last season with Livingston but left in January after being sent off in a 3-0 Division One defeat by Dundee, who he joined two months later.

After spending pre-season in Germany with Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg, Fotheringham now returns to the SPL with County.

"I spent time with Hoffenheim through Markus Babbel, the coach," said Fotheringham.

"He wanted to keep me, but the chairman has a philosophy where he looks to bring in young players.

"It's quite scary at 28 when you're getting told you're an old player.

"I was there for eight weeks and the coach fought to get me in the squad, but Dietmar Hopp has the final say and he's done a fantastic job with the club and I respect his decision.

"But he recommended me to Felix Magath at Wolfsburg. It was a great experience going to both teams and they made me feel really welcome and the standard of football was awesome.

"Wolfsburg had a team full of international players, but I'm the type of guy who wants to play football. I'm not about to sit on my backside in September and wait for a so-called big move."

Fotheringham has been impressed with what he has seen of County and manager Derek Adams.

"What I have seen of the manager so far, he is meticulous. He leaves nothing to chance," said the midfielder.

"The work ethic has to be there, the players have to work hard in training. Also, he wants the players to play attacking football.

"I'm just glad to have got the chance to be part of it."

Fotheringham will not feature for the Dingwall side in the first Scottish Premier League Friday fixture of the season, against former club United, and will be given more time to settle in before making his debut.

Adams said: "He's a player we tried to get a couple of times before and a player with very good ability.

"He's a central midfield player who's creative and can open up defences."

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