Joe Hilton says he’s wanting to prove his senior credentials at Ross County after signing a new Blackburn Rovers deal.

The towering keeper has signed on loan in Dingwall until the end of the season. He had an emergency loan at Fleetwood Town earlier this season after an ankle knock that kept him out for four months, signing a new Blackburn Rovers deal in the process.

Blackburn Rovers Training Session

Hilton’s a Staggie. (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

And now he wants to dislodge Ross Laidlaw as Ross County number one: “It’s a big club in the Scottish Premiership. It’s a great opportunity for me to see what I can do. I back my ability and I feel this is the right club to push on in my career.

“I went on an emergency loan to Fleetwood at the start of January, which was out of the blue and it was a great experience. Prior to that I’d been injured for most of the season and that was tough. But making my senior debut in League One with Fleetwood was great. I’ve come up here to try push on from that.


“Coming up through the academies it’s all the same type of football – you don’t get the taste of proper football. People playing for wins and points. It’s completely different. It’s a lot more realistic and it’ll prepare you better for your senior career.

Blackburn Rovers Training Session

Signed a new Blackburn Rovers deal. (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

“Signing that new deal gives that bit of security over the next couple of years and Ross County is a great level for me to prove myself. Obviously there’s only one player who can play and you’ve got to do your best in training and push each other on. At the end of the day, whoever is best will play.

“The manager wants me to come in and compete. If I get the chance, I’ve got to be ready and take it. That’s the role of a keeper anyway – you’ve got to come in, see who you’re up against and push each other on.”

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