Ross County have confirmed the signing of former Sunderland centre-back Jack Baldwin after his exit from English League Two club Bristol Rovers.

The 28-year-old joined Rovers last summer from Sunderland after his release from the Stadium of Light club. He moves to the Scottish Premiership on a three-year deal after ending his contract with Bristol Rovers.

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The former Sunderland defender has signed for County. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Baldwin has over 300 appearances across English football and reportedly cost Sunderland £200,000 when they signed him from Peterborough United in 2018. A centre-back, Baldwin initially made his name at Hartlepool United.

It earned him a move to Peterborough, where he featured over 100 times and was eventually named club captain. They moved him on to Sunderland in 2018, where he worked with current Hibs head coach Jack Ross, narrowly missing out on promotion from League One to the Championship.

Now having played almost 50 times for Bristol Rovers, Baldwin moves north to Ross County for his first crack at Scottish football. The move is subject to international clearance and Baldwin is the newest addition to Malky Mackay’s Dingwall squad, which has undergone an overhaul this summer.

County have started the Premiership season with defeats to Hibs and Rangers alongside an opening day draw with St Johnstone. Mackay’s preparations for the new campaign were hindered by Covid-19, effectively ending their Premier Sports Cup campaign before it got started.

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