Ross County: Raffaele de Vita eyes longer stay

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Raffaele De Vita (left) celebrates scoring against Motherwell
Raffaele De Vita (left) scored against Motherwell on his debut

Ross County winger Raffaele de Vita is keen to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Marcus Fraser and secure a longer term contract at the club.

De Vita has been pivotal in County's recent improved results.

"If we stay in this league, there's no reason why I want to move away," De Vita told BBC Scotland.

"There's a good feeling at the club and, if they manage to keep the base of the team, I think they'll do well. I'd be happy to be part of it."

De Vita has scored twice as County have won four games and drawn one since he joined County in January until the end of the season after leaving Cheltenham Town.

Hours after it was announced that defender Fraser had won a two-year contract after a similar move from Celtic, De Veta said: "I've been lucky enough to start well, get a few goals and a few assists and manage to stay in the team. I'm really happy with it."

Raffaele de Vita scores for Ross County against Partick Thistle
De Vita (far left) scores against Partick Thistle in County's recent win at Firhill

De Vita believes the manager's football philosophy has played a large part in their form.

"He likes players to express themselves, but at the same time we are really solid, really disciplined," he said.

"If you're disciplined enough, you don't lose many games. Everyone in the team knows what to do and I think we're looking comfortable in most games.

"I felt when I came in, even though the league wasn't looking too good, the atmosphere was good for a club that was bottom of the league and struggling.

"I could see the talent in the team. It is a surprise that you get so many good results together, but I'm not surprised that we're playing good football and picking up points."

Manager Jim McIntyre is delighted with the form of the 27-year-old Italian and his side.

"Rafa has done particularly well and has been involved in a lot of the good moments in the last month or so," said McIntyre while stressing it was too soon to think of a longer-term contract.

"He's only played four or five games, so we'll give him a few games more before we think along those lines.

"We're trying to concentrate as much as we can on just winning football matches and getting secure in the league, which is probably going to go down to the wire."