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Carey happy to stay at Staggies

Graham Carey has admitted that he wanted to see how Ross County Derek Adams would rebuild his squad before committing his own future to the Dingwall club.

The Irishman gave his seal of approval to the summer activity by signing a one-year contract ahead of County's Scottish Premiership opener against St Johnstone on Sunday.

Adams has made 10 new signings this summer as well as bringing Slovakia midfielder Filip Kiss back from Cardiff on a season-long loan.

Former Celtic and St Mirren midfielder Carey said: "I was always in contact with Ross County throughout the summer. It was just probably waiting to see what acquisitions we made.

"A lot of players left last summer and when you were looking at the team, there wasn't a lot of players brought in.

"But it was always one of my intentions to sign back because I really loved it last year, especially from a football aspect. The stadium and training ground are brilliant and you can only improve here.

"Especially with the manager as well, he always worked well with me and it was always something I wanted to do."

County have also signed up Yoann Arquin on an extended contract beyond January and Carey believes the forward area will be crucial to their hopes of improving on a seventh-placed finish.

"If we had played the whole season the way we did in the second half, then top six would have been a realistic target," the 25-year-old said.

"I think we just need to start a lot better and the acquisitions we made make us a much more balanced squad.

"Last year we struggled in the final third to score goals. That's something we need to rectify. If we do that and start well, there's no reason why we can't aim for the top six."