Inverness Caledonian Thistle are set to secure the permanent signing of goalkeeper Ally Ridgers from Highland League outfit Clachnacuddin.
Ally Ridgers was released by Caley Thistle in 2005
Ridgers, who joined Caley Thistle on loan in January, has agreed terms on a one-year contract.
Manager Charlie Christie said: "I've told Ally I need him to push Michael all the way for the first-team jersey.
"He's certainly shown great ability in training in recent months. He can develop further."
The 24-year-old Ridgers had been released by Inverness in 2005 but returned from their neighbours as back up to Michael Fraser after Mark Brown was sold to Celtic.
Now he is set for a minimum 12-month return to the full-time paid ranks of the Scottish Premier League outfit.
Meanwhile, Caley Thistle are to release 36-year-old striker Gary McSwegan, who had been signed in September as injury cover after being freed by First Division outfit Ross County.
"Although he only made two SPL starts, Gary was the perfect professional and a pleasure to work with," said Christie.
Also leaving Caley Thistle at the end of the season are two 19-year-olds, goalkeeper Jonathan Smith and midfielder Stuart Soane.
"The problem is there is no avenue for them to reach the first-team," added Christie.
"They are both good players, but Stuart especially suffered from an abundance of midfielders at the club.
"We're looking to try to help them further their careers elsewhere."
The future of defender Stuart Golabek, who was on loan to First Division Livingston, has yet to be revealed by Inverness.