Jordan White is ready to put his Motherwell frustrations behind him and roll his sleeves up in the relegation battle at Ross County.
The striker has signed a permanent deal with John Hughes’ side until the end of the season. White had only joined Motherwell in the summer and had 18 months left on his deal, but opted to leave early.
He made 20 Well appearances but was unable to hit the net, albeit only three of his appearances were from the start. A mix of injury and lack of starting opportunities limited White’s chances of succeeding in North Lanarkshire.
The former Inverness man knows that if given the opportunity, he’ll start hitting the net again, opening up on his Fir Park frustrations: “I always believe in my ability and to then not get back in the team, or get another opportunity, was disappointing. But at the end of the day that’s football. Sometimes you’ve just got to take it on the chin and move forward.
“It is frustrating – there were times when I was probably going to start. I got a concussion, which set me back, and boys came in and took their chance. Sometimes you work so hard and if the opportunity isn’t coming, you look elsewhere to see where you can get that.
“I’d spoken to Stephen Robinson and he said ‘listen, you’re doing great’. He said I’d been unlucky and I’d get my chance. A couple of weeks after that he walked. You know what it’s like with a new manager sometimes, they bring in their own signings and if your face doesn’t fit, that’s football.”
When interest came from County, White knew he had to take it for the good of his career, looking forward to life under John Hughes: “I think there was a bit of interest before but I didn’t know anything about it.
“There were a couple of times when it was looking like I was going to start and teamsheet gets read out and you’re not starting. It’s hard to take that mentally at times, so naturally I want to play games. When the interest came it was probably the best one for my career.”
While he’s moved four hours north, the challenge is the same for White. He will be tasked with scoring goals to keep a side in the Scottish Premiership, the team in question now Ross County instead of Motherwell.
He hasn’t hit the net this season but his confidence hasn’t diminished: “At the end of the day, especially as a striker, you want to be on the pitch as much as you can. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“The three starts at Motherwell came early on, so it was positive at first. I had a few things going against me – goals getting chalked off or time out injured. But that’s football. I kept working away but the chance never came for me.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to take that on the chin and move on. But for me it’s about playing football and I wanted to be somewhere I was guaranteed to get an opportunity. I could have sat there at Motherwell and thought ‘they’re not going to be in a relegation battle’ but for me I want to play.
“It’s a challenge. I look at Ross County and see they’re going to give everything they’ve got to get out of this relegation battle. I believe that I’ll score anywhere I go when I get games. I was there (at Inverness) and obviously a few of the fans won’t be too happy about the move across the bridge!
“But listen, you’ve got to do what’s best for you and your career. I’m pretty confident I’ll get going. There’s people that write you off and say ‘is he good enough?’ I know my ability and know I’m good enough.”
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