OLDHAM Athletic defender Alex Iacovitti has swapped League Two for the Scottish Premiership after joining Ross County.

The defender was free to leave Boundary Park despite having a year to run on the contract he signed when joining the club from Nottingham Forest in May 2019.

Latics announced the 22-year-old’s contract had been terminated by mutual consent to allow him to make the move to Dingwall.

"I would like to thank everyone at Oldham Athletic for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a great club with a long and successful history,” said Iacovitti, who made 39 appearances in all for Latics, scoring twice.

"I will always reflect very positively on my time at the club, from my loan and then signing permanently. I made some great friendships on and off the pitch.

"Also, a thank you to the fans for the support. Football is facing challenging times ahead, so I would like to wish everyone associated with Latics huge success for the future."

The Staggies finished 10th in the truncated Scottish Premiership table last season.

“It’s amazing, I am so glad it’s over the line now and I’m up here. I can’t wait to get going,” Iacovitti told the County website.

“It’s a really exciting challenge. I have always wanted to play in the Scottish Premiership from my time throughout the Scottish internationals, I have played from under-16 right up to 21s.

“I want to push Ross County as high up the table as possible and give everything I’ve got. I wear my heart on the sleeve, I am a very passionate player.”

Manager Stuart Kettlewell said: “It’s great to get Alex on board. When we knew of his availability, we were really keen to speak with him and we managed to showcase our ambitions which has led to Alex now coming to the club.

“You only have to look at some of the clubs Alex has played for, and the amount of appearances he has made for them, to realise that he has some very good experience for a young player.

“We know that we have a very focused and ambitious player and we look forward to helping him to develop here in Dingwall.”