Ross County manager Malky Mackay says Jack Baldwin’s big-club experience at teams such as Sunderland is part of the reason why he wanted him in Dingwall.

The 28-year-old centre-back has joined the Scottish Premiership club on a three-year deal after leaving English League Two side Bristol Rovers. Baldwin was previously with Sunderland and has made over 300 appearances in the EFL.

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The defender has signed for Ross County. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

He strengthens County’s defensive options before the end of the transfer window. Mackay has completely overhauled the Dingwall squad since taking over as manager earlier this summer and the former Sunderland defender is one player he has tracked for some time. He is in line for a debut away to Aberdeen this Sunday.

County have started the Premiership season with two losses and one draw. Mackay said of Baldwin: “Jack is a player that I have tracked for some time. We spoke at length to him about the club, our ambitions and why we wanted him to be part of our plan and we are delighted the he has chosen to join us.

“Jack joins us in the prime of his career, brings great experience to the group, and we look forward to seeing him pull on the Ross County jersey. He has captained clubs and played for big sides like Sunderland.”

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