Ross County have lost yet another key man, Ross Stewart completing his brilliant rise by swapping Dingwall for Sunderland on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The striker has been a great find for the Staggies, working his way up from junior football to Premiership star with Ross County, completing a fairytale come-up with his move to Sunderland. The hard-working forward has scored 28 goals in 82 appearances for County.

Ross Stewart is off to Sunderland.

Ross Stewart is off to Sunderland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He said of his move to Sunderland:  “I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. When the opportunity came to come to Sunderland, I just wanted to get it done as soon as I could. I will give one hundred percent in every game; I’m a very committed and hard-working player, and as a striker, hopefully I can bring a lot of goals to the club as well.”

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson added: “I think Ross is a player that will be great for us in the short term, but he can also develop and improve over the long term. He’s at a good age, he’s very fit and quick, and he obviously has good height as well, so he has all attributes to succeed. We are very pleased to welcome him to the club.”

This latest exit for Ross County comes off the back of Josh Reid’s transfer to Coventry City. The 18-year-old left-back exited the Highlands during the week for Coventry City in the English Championship.

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Reid is off to England too. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A Staggies statement added: “Over the recent transfer windows, Ross had been subject to much transfer speculation, which is a credit to how well he has performed for our club. Ross’ performances also made him a fans favourite and he will always be remembered for his time & achievements here in Dingwall.”

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