Cowie returns to Staggies after 11 years
STUART Kettlewell says he and co-manager Steven Ferguson would not have been doing their job if they did not take up the chance to bring Don Cowie back to Ross County.
The 35-year-old signed for the Staggies on Monday from Heart of Midlothian on a two-year-deal, rejoining the club he left in 2007 where he spent seven seasons.
He is one of a number of signings Ross County have made in their bid to get straight back to the Premiership after being relegated from the top flight last season.
Despite Cowie's age, Kettlewell feels he has a lot to offer the club and says when the opportunity came to bring him to County, they could not pass it up.
"If a player of that quality becomes available, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't pursue him," he said.
"Steven has a history of playing with Don as he played with him for a couple of seasons. Everybody knows what Don Cowie is all about.
"He brings an unbelievable professionalism, he is a really good player.
"It is also the area where he is from but we didn't sign him because of nostalgia. We know that he can do really well for our football club."
Cowie trained with the club for the first time on Tuesday and Kettlewell said he believed his attitude and work ethic could have a positive impact on the rest of the squad.
"We think that he can strengthen our squad with his experience and quality," he added.
"Hearts did nothing but sing his praises and that is testament to his career.
"I've lost count how many people have told us how good an influence he is in training along with young players and setting standards.
"We have a good lot of professionals in our squad – now Don is another one in our team."