A LACK of game time had Miles Storey itching to secure a move to Caley Thistle.
Storey had struggled to get on the pitch at English League One side Swindon Town, with their preference for a target-man forward leaving him toiling away with substitute appearances.
He has just 27 minutes of competitive action so far this season, his last appearance coming in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United. Alongside Tobi Sho-Silva, a 20-year-old from Charlton, Storey sealed his loan move to the Caley Jags on deadline day.
Manager John Hughes has been desperate to revitalise his depleted forward line, with just Dani Lopez as a recognised striker to count on. Four goals in eight competitive games has not been good enough by Hughes’ own admission and Inverness supporters are still to see a goal scored on home turf.
Game-time is the most important thing for 21-year-old Storey, who is keen to prove himself.
“I was pleased to get out of the situation I was in at my old club, and try and play some games. I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “It was a bit of a weird situation, really.
“They do rate me, but it’s just the way they play with one player down the middle as a target man, means my opportunities are going to be limited this season. I’m just looking to play games to show what I can do. My contract runs out at the end of the season so I’ve got to be doing well.”
Both players’ loan deals are until January and they are keen to extend them if all goes to plan in the Highland capital.
Storey, a product of the Swindon Town youth system, has four goals in 32 games for the first team and has spent time out on loan at Newport County, Shrewsbury and Portsmouth. Sho-Silva’s only senior football experience came last year at Welling United, where he made 20 appearances and scored one goal over two loan spells.
Breaking into the Addicks’ squad has proved elusive so far for Sho-Silva but he sees an opportunity at Inverness to prove himself. He also spoke to ex-Ross County defender Ben Frempah about life in the Highlands.
“He’s a good mate of mine. We trained in the off-season together and he has wished me luck for the season,” said Sho-Silva. “He lives in my area in south-east London and he was at Charlton with me on trial, but he didn’t get offered anything. We formed a decent bond and we keep in touch.
“He says it’s cold up here and that I’ll need to bring my coat!
“I feel this could be a very good opportunity for me to show what I can do, at a very good level. I want Charlton to see I’ve got the experience and the know-how of how to play.”
Caley Thistle’s deadline day pursuits were not all successful, with Hughes confirming that there was another unnamed target that did not get over the line. He is, however, keen for his two new recruits to prove themselves.
“Miles has found himself sitting on the bench too much at Swindon. He showed a real appetite to get here and instantly in training, you can see he’s technically very good. He’s bigger than we thought and settled in very well. It’s just a matter of him finding his feet — he can play centre-forward, number ten or come off the sides,” he said.
“Tobi is a bit raw but he’s a runner. He’s got that physical presence and will stretch you over the top. Going with one so young, you’re not getting that pedigree and you’re hoping they make their name at Inverness.”
The Caley Jags boss was dealt some bad news, however, with summer signing Jordan Roberts facing at least six weeks out with a groin injury. The former Aldershot Town winger made a brief substitute appearance in the Europa League at home to FC Astra but has not featured for the team since.
Team-mates Josh Meekings and James Vincent have both returned to full training this week.