Ross County: Striker Craig Curran wins six-month contract

By Clive LindsayBBC Scotland Sport
Craig Curran in action for Tranmere Rovers
Craig Curran has played for Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United, Morecambe, Rochdale, Chester and Limerick

Former Nuneaton Town striker Craig Curran has signed for Ross County until the end of the season.

County manager Jim McIntyre had promised to move swiftly in the January transfer window with his side sitting bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Curran had joined Conference Premier club Nuneaton in August.

But the 25-year-old offered to terminate his contract in November after picking up an injury that would keep him sidelined for six weeks.

And chairman Lee Thorn praised Curran, telling his club website that: "Craig is well aware of how tight the playing budget is here at Nuneaton and offered to terminate his contract early to free up funds."

Curran, who began his career with Tranmere Rovers and had spells with Carlisle United, Morecambe, Rochdale, Chester and Limerick, made 13 appearances, scoring once, for Nuneaton.

However, he has impressed McIntyre, who hauled off striker Yoann Arquin after only 33 minutes of the New Year's Day defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Liam Boyce replaces Yoann Arquin against Inverness
Liam Boyce replaced Yoann Arquin after only 33 minutes against Inverness

"He has been training with us for a couple of weeks and I feel he can add to the squad," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"He is a different type of striker than we have here at present and works the back line extremely hard."

McIntyre admitted that he would be looking to bring in other players during January but would not reveal any particular areas of the park he would be looking to strengthen.

He has already re-shaped his squad before the transfer window, bringing in free agents Paul Quinn, Martin Woods, Terry Dunfield, Lewis Toshney and Jamie Reckord and releasing several players since taking over in September.

"The consistency levels are not there on a week-to-week basis," said McIntyre. "That's why we will be trying to improve the squad and help the players we have here to start picking up that momentum and consistency that's needed to pick up points on a regular basis.

"It's a difficult window, but we know we need to make some changes to help us move forward.

"Obviously we have targets in mind, but we will see how we get on with that. We have to make sure we are more competitive."