Defender Ben Gordon has quit Ross County - just 10 days after the club announced he had signed a new deal.

Staggies boss Derek Adams announced on June 17 that the 23-year-old Englishman had penned a new one-year contract.

But Press Association Sport understands the player only put his name to a "letter of intent" which signalled he was happy with the terms being offered by the Scottish Premiership outfit.

Now the former Chelsea and Kilmarnock left-back has had a change of heart and has decided to instead return south, where several clubs are showing interest.

Press Association Sport understands the Scottish Football Association would not deny Gordon international clearance for a move to England.

Gordon told Press Association Sport: "After a lot of consideration, I won't be extending my contract with the club.

"I need to be playing in England in terms of advancing my career and also in terms of consideration towards my family, although I really enjoyed my year with Ross County.

"The gaffer's been brilliant with me as has George Adams [County's director of football], it's a fantastic club with fantastic supporters and I wish them all the very best for the season - I know they'll surprise a lot of people."

County did not respond to requests for comment.