CANADIAN international Adam Straith has impressed Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran – but there is no deal on the table for him yet.
Foran confirmed yesterday the club had offered deals to two players a defender and attacker, which he hoped would be concluded before tomorrow.
However Straith is not included in that yet, with Foran keen to give the versatile defender more time.
The 26-year-old was told earlier this month he was free to search for a new club, after two years at Norwegian second-tier side Fredrikstad. Their season finished in November but Straith has been on international duty with Canada recently, playing in the 4-2 friendly win over Bermuda on Sunday before flying to the Highlands.
He arrived on Tuesday and insisted he wanted to play in Wednesday’s Development League game against Rangers, which has done his chances no harm with Foran. The Caley Jags boss acknowledged that players of his calibre do not come about often.
“He paid for his own flights. He wants to be here,” said Foran. “He’s low maintenance and a good talker. He plays his position very well, which yesterday was sitting midfield. Already I like the signs.
“We need a good look at him over the next three or four days. He didn’t fly in until Tuesday morning – through a hurricane in New York – which he was quite nervous with!
“But although he was jet-lagged he said ‘no, I want to play’. We were going to give him Wednesday off. So he played the full game and then wanted to train today.
“So he’s hungry and has desire – a good attitude, that’s for sure. They’re the types of character I want here. He knows what Scottish football is all about, knows it is a tough league. He has a high confidence in his own ability, with great experience and a lot of international caps. We’ll see what happens with him.”
Straith has 40 caps for his country and as well as playing in Norway, has also played for Energie Cottbus in Germany.
Any move for Simon Murray has been rubbished by Foran, after reports emerged in midweek that the Caley Jags were interested in the Dundee United forward on a pre-contract.
Foran would like to conclude his transfer dealings by Monday at the latest, having already brought in Dean Ebbe and Henri Anier this month.
The defensive area becomes a priority given Josh Meekings’ injury. Meekings visited a specialist in London yesterday about his knee injury, which will sideline him for at least a month.
“It is quite crucial now. Lewis Horner is another month away, although it is great to have David Raven back ready to play,” he said. “We’re struggling for cover there but we don’t just want to bring in somebody to cover, we’re looking for someone who can come straight into your team.
“We don’t want bench-fillers or squad players who are happy with that. We want players ready to come into the starting 11 and that’s what we’re working on.”
Jake Mulraney and Billy King should return for tomorrow’s visit of Partick Thistle and David Raven is fit. However, Ross Draper and Alex Fisher will miss out again.
“It’s a must-win game for us. We’ve got a great week coming up,” added Foran. “We concentrate fully on Thistle then we’ve got Hamilton and Dundee. We’re looking for nine points to get us into the middle of the table.
Ebbe did his chances no harm with a goal against Rangers and could feature. Jason Brown is to join Cove Rangers on loan for a month.