Ross County announced on Tuesday night that striker Michael O’Connor had left the club to return to Ireland.

The club’s statement says that the 22-year-old ‘resigned his position’ from the club. County then stated that they wished the player ‘all the best for the future’.

The player joined the Premiership side in September from Irish side Waterford. O’Connor signed a two-year deal with the club.

Unable to make first-team breakthrough

However, he was unable to make the breakthrough into the Staggies squad. O’Connor only played eight minutes of football for County. That came in a Betfred Cup tie against Elgin City. However, O’Connor didn’t make any appearances for Ross County in the Premiership.

Michael O'Connor who has left Ross County

Michael O’Connor who has left Ross County (Photo By Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


O’Connor was not part of the Ross County squad which pulled off the shock Betfred Cup win over Celtic recently.

The player signed from County after a career in Ireland which saw him play for the likes of Waterford and Linfield, and also earn a trail at Hibernian.

Played for Irish under-21 side

O’Connor was also selected for the Ireland under-21 side, making his debut against Luxembourg in 2019. However, with the likes of Ross Stewart and Oli Shaw in decent form O’Connor was unable to earn a regular place in the Ross County squad.

Michael O'Connor was only at Ross County for a few months

Michael O’Connor was only at Ross County for a few months (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The player has now returned to Ireland, and Ross County will move on, with a Betfred Cup quarter-final on the horizon against Livingston the biggest game that the Premiership club will have played for a long time.

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