Liam Boyce has been named the Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Month for August and the Staggies striker insists he has no intention of leaving Ross County any time soon.
Boyce managed 20 goals in all competitions for County last season, as the Highland side managed to win their first ever major trophy by beating Hibernian in the League Cup final in March – before going on to post a top-six finish in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
And Boyce, 25, wants similar success this season before he even contemplates his long-term future.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, he said: “Last year was brilliant but we were sort of disappointed in how we played from Christmas.
“We were sort of hit or miss every week but we’ve started this season really well and we want to rectify it this season. We want to keep it going over the Christmas period when things start to get tough, we want to do better than we did last year.
“We got to the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup against Dundee and we knew that was a really big chance to go even further in another competition. Of course we’re out of the cup we’ve won last year already, so we know how important every cup is.
“Any team can go to a final and anything can happen in a final, so it’s just trying to get through those games and consolidate top six.
“I’m happy where I am and where I’m playing. The manager trusts me and encourages me to just keep playing. In football, you never know what can happen – it’s up to the club as well.
“But I’m very happy where I am, with the management and all the players. We’re all good friends and I just want to keep enjoying my football. I want to keep focused on Ross County, getting into the top-six and scoring goals.”
Jim McIntyre’s men were relegation candidates when he arrived in 2014 – and Boyce says his input has instilled a new way of thinking amongst the County squad
He added: “When the gaffer first came in, he was saying people look at us as underdogs going into games and he wanted to get rid of that mentality, so we’re going into games sort of trying to force our game on to teams.
“Instead of sitting back and countering, we’re going and pressing teams and we know if we all work hard that we can keep the intensity up and force mistakes.
“We’re now starting to get loads of chances during games so it’s just about whether we take them or not. I think it’s been working since the gaffer came in and hopefully that keeps continuing.”
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