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Black wants Caley squad secured

Ian Black
Black is a mainstay in the Inverness line-up

Inverness midfielder Ian Black wants money that has been earmarked for new signings to first be used to extend current players' contracts.

Black is among a group of players whose deals expire in the summer.

"My opinion is there's a few boys out of contract soon - important players - and once that's sorted they can bring in other people," Black told BBC Sport.

"Roy McBain, David Proctor and Don Cowie are among them and once they're sorted they can look at strengthening."

Black has been with the Highlanders since 2004 and has been an ever-present this season.

But the 24-year-old admits, his future may lie away from the Caledonian Stadium, despite holding ongoing talks with the club about a new deal.

We are ready to invest in the short-term with the aim of ensuring SPL football for Inverness next season

Inverness chairman George Fraser

"Talks have been alright, I'm enjoying everything up here and I've loved my time here," he said.

"The fans have great to me, the club's been great but I know there's interest and every player's got to weigh that up.

"I've had a great career here at Caley Thistle but I'm going to weigh everything up and see what's on the table."

Inverness chairman George Fraser earlier revealed plans to assist manager Craig Brewster in the search for new players.

"We realise we need to strengthen the squad in January and significant finance has been made available to the manager for this purpose," he said.

"The directors realise there is disquiet among supporters at our poor home record and league position.

"We are ready to invest in the short-term with the aim of ensuring SPL football for Inverness next season."

The Highlanders, who have won just once at home this season, are one of four clubs tied on 17 points at the bottom of the table.

Veteran winger Barry Wilson will leave the club in January but Fraser insists fresh talent will be found in the winter transfer window.

"A network of sources will be used to help director of football Graeme Bennett to assist in the recruitment process," he added.



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