Ross County have announced that they have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Joe Hilton on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old, who has yet to make the first-team breakthrough at Ewood Park, made the move to Dingwall after agreeing a new contract with Blackburn.

Challenge current number one

County had to sign a new goalkeeper in the transfer window after Ross Doohan returned to Celtic. John Hughes has given his verdict on the signing of Hilton. The player will be challenging current number one Ross Laidlaw for the goalkeeping jersey for the rest of the season.

Blackburn Rovers Training Session

Joe Hilton has joined Ross County on loan (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

“Joe is a good, young goalkeeper. He is a big boy at 6’6” and has all the attributes to be successful in the game. He needs to use this spell to come in and compete with Ross Laidlaw, try and push each other on and make the next step in his development” Hughes said.

The Ross County manager feels that the move will benefit Hilton, and that he is at an ideal club to develop his career.

“Foundations to build on”

“When you look at the clubs he has been at and the coaches he has worked with he has the foundations to build on, but he has to keep pushing himself every day.

Blackburn Rovers Training Session

Joe Hilton of Blackburn Rovers will challenge Ross Laidlaw for the Ross County goalkeeper’s jersey (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

“Coming to Ross County he will know in his mind what he wants to achieve, the ball is in his court, we will work him hard and try to make sure that he continues to develop” Hughes stated.

Ross County are in league action this evening against Motherwell, it remains to be seen if Hilton will be involved in the fixture.

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