KEEPER James Severn had his first taste of Scottish football last night following a dream move from Worcester City.

And the 24-year-old is hoping his short-term deal with Scottish Premiership side Ross County will help him put a nightmare 12 months behind him.

Severn was on the bench for the match with league leaders Aberdeen last night and saw his new club secure a 2-0 win to climb up to third in the table just behind Celtic.

Just three days earlier, he had watched City put National League North leaders Solihull Moors out of the FA Cup.

“It’s been a mad couple of weeks,” the former Scunthorpe and Derby County keeper admitted.

“I flew up to Scotland after Worcester’s game at FC United and trained with Ross. The manager said he liked the look of me but I then had to come back for the match at Solihull.

"I went back up to Scotland only to return on the morning of the cup replay because the flight the night before was fully booked.

“It’s all happened so quickly and everyone at Worcester has been brilliant, allowing me to make the move and to sort things out for me.

“It all came out of the blue but I explained to Carl (Heeley) and Gards (Matt Gardiner) that it was a chance of a lifetime, particularly after last season.

"I am here on a short-term deal up to January after their first-choice keeper damaged his ankle. Hopefully, that will give me the chance to impress, it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”

Severn was at Scunthorpe last season but had a torrid season for The Iron.

Having finally been handed his chance in the first team after two seasons spent almost entirely on the bench, he tore a thigh muscle not once, but twice.

And worse was to follow. On his first game back in January, he was called off the bench after first choice Sam Slocombe broke his arm at home to Bristol City.

By the end of the game Severn was also on the way to hospital after breaking his arm.

Complications followed which ensured the England youth international missed the remainder of the season – and the chance to join City in the summer.

He added: “They approached me before the season started but I wasn’t ready. You don’t realise how injuries like that can affect you mentally – there were some very dark times.

“But then I had a call from Gards a few weeks ago and I joined. I played at Corby Town and at Holbeach but since then Nathan (Vaughan) has been on fire. I suppose I’ll be remembered for that goal at Holbeach but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not!

“I really enjoyed my time at Worcester, they’re a great bunch of lads and everything about the club is so professional. I’ve been at a few full-time clubs which aren’t as organised and professional as Worcester and, with the players they’ve got, I can see them doing well this season.”