Ross County signs Austrian midfielder David Cancola to bring Europa League experience to Malky Mackay’s side

Manager Malky Mackay in Tuesday’s win at Brora. Image – Ken Macpherson, Inverness.

Ross County have signed powerful Austrian midfielder David Cancola in a Bosman-style deal.

The 24-year-old, a free agent after leaving Czech top side Slovan Liberec, had agreed to the pre-contract transfer to the Highlands after a successful try in January.

The paperwork, including a work visa, was finally completed tonight to make Cancola manager Malky Mackay’s fifth summer signing.

Subject to international clearance, the defensive playmaker will join the team for the League Cup group match with Montrose.

A delighted Mackay, who is still aiming for at least four more signings, said: “David is a player that we have been following for quite some time, both before and after his probationary period here last January.

“He played a lot in the Austrian and Czech leagues, as well as in the Europa League.

“The club have worked very hard to bring David to Dingwall as signing European players is currently a long process.

“We are delighted to sign David as he brings a wealth of experience to the playing team, and we look forward to getting him started in Ross County.”

Cancola went through Austria’s youth system in Vienna, playing for them in the UEFA Under-19 league before being called up by Austria U-20.

He made his senior club debut for Vienna in 2017, and his European debut that season in the Europa League.

He signed for TSV Hartberg in 2018 after a loan with Wiener Neustadt, becoming a central figure in their 5th place in 2019-2020.

Cancola also helped them qualify for the Europa League for the first time in their history.

After signing for Slovan Liberec in July 2020, he made his debut the following month and once again got a taste of Europa League football against German club Hoffenheim.

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