Kayne Ramsay has signed for the Staggies on loan from Southampton until the end of this season.
He is a right back that will look to fill the gap Harry Clarke left upon his departure, and will tussle with Connor Randall for a starting place. His arrival also means that Jake Vokins is no longer the only Southampton loanee at the club.
Ramsay joining Vokins at Victoria Park means that County have now taken four loans from two clubs. Jack Burroughs and Declan Drysdale share a parent club in Coventry City, and Ramsay made the eleven hour journey from Saint Mary’s Park to meet Vokins in Dingwall. These add to further loans from Watford, Manchester City and Charlton Athletic and once again shows that Malky Mackay will target certain clubs for business, looking to build long term partnerships.
Name: Kayne Ramsay
Parent Club: Southampton
Position: Right back
Height: 5’9 (179cm)
Preferred foot: Right
In a move that Arsenal and Hibs would be proud of, Southampton recalled Ramsay from his loan at Crewe Alexandra to send him to the Staggies. Crewe manager David Artell beat both the Saints and the Staggies to announcing this, disclosing the news in his post match interview after their 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic.
Ramsay was forced to spend a substantial chunk of his time with the Railwaymen watching from the sidelines, with an ankle injury sustained against Sunderland keeping him out for seven weeks. Nevertheless, he racked up 19 appearances under Artell, limiting his main right back competition Travis Johnson to just 11 matches despite his aforementioned injury trouble. It will be interesting to see if our new signing can limit Randall to the same degree.
Clarke left huge shoes to fill, especially in terms of goal contributions. Ramsay failed to register a goal or assist for Crewe. Without judging him purely on his numbers, it might be more realistic to hope for a steady, consistent right back without looking for carbon copies of the moments where Clarke went above and beyond.
With four first team appearances for Southampton to go alongside his loan spells, Kayne will be eager to prove he belongs with the best of the Saints, and that type of hunger will be ideal for the County first team, and hopefully a productive addition to the dressing room culture Mackay wants to create.