Ross was unable to establish himself in the Collingwood team from the limited opportunities that he got. Such was the strength of the side that they were premiers in the first two seasons Ross played and he only experienced a loss once. He wasn't picked in either finals series and after one game in 1931, left the club for the Victorian Football Association.
The rover became a decorated player at Northcote, with a Recorder Cup win in 1932. He was a member of four premiership teams, three of them in succession from 1932 to 1934 and the other in 1936.