Published: 07/06/2013 13:00 - Updated: 07/06/2013 11:52

Vincent's delight at move to Caley Jags

Written byby Eilidh Davies

Award winning groundsman Tommy Cumming and apprentice groundsman Mathew Armitage.
Award winning groundsman Tommy Cumming and apprentice groundsman Mathew Armitage.

KIDDERMINSTER Harriers midfielder James Vincent said he was delighted to have signed for Inverness Caley Thistle on a one-year deal and said the opportunity to play against SPL title winners Celtic was too good to turn down.

Meanwhile massive gound work is ongoing at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium as Caley Thistle battle to have a new pitch ready for the start of the new season.

Twenty-three year old Vincent, who turned down a new deal at Aggborough in favour of the Inverness outfit said: "It’s a big move for me and I am really excited about it.

"The chance to play against some big clubs with brilliant players like Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibernian and Hearts was too good to ignore.

"I am hoping I will be able to keep on improving and I can’t wait to get started."

Vincent joined Kidderminster in the summer of 2011 and made 28 appearances in his first season.

He came into his own during the 2012-13 campaign, becoming a key member in midfield and he went onto play 41 times for the club.

Harriers had been hoping to receive some compensation for Vincent under the Bosman Ruling. But Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron said the club would not be paying compensation for any new signings.

Players who have already been secured by Caley Thistle are midfielder Adam Evans from Burnely, ex-Maidstone United winger Ben Greenhalgh and former Kendal Town midfielder Danny Williams.

Cameron said the club had been boosted by midfielder Aaron Doran’s decision to re-sign for three years.

He added: "Aaron is our first three year deal that I can remember. We always look at each contract individually and this year with longer contracts for some we can look forward to a bit more stability over the next few seasons."

The surface of the pitch at Inverness has been removed and drainage is currently being improved. Camerson said the pitch had taken a battering since the opening match at the stadium in 1996.

He added: "It is testament to the sterling work carried out by Tommy Cumming our groundsman that during that period we have had very few games cancelled due to inclement weather. It is often said that if Tommy could roll the pitch up and take it home with him at night, he would. He is that protective of it."

Cameron explained: "Over time all pitches develop thatch which is a layer of dead grass and roots that is circa 15mm deep under normal circumstances but latterly at the stadium this had developed to a depth of circa 50mm. A thatch of that depth becomes sponge like in its consistency and will begin to retain water rather than letting it filter through to the drainage."

Now the thatch layer is being removed and the playing surface will have a sand or root zone prior to re-seeding. Cameron added: "We will have a pristine playing surface once again at the stadium in time for the season starting on August the 3rd."

Ross County look set to re-sign defenders Evangelos Oikonomou and Andre Hainault. Greek defender Oikonomou, (25), played 18 times for the Dingwall club last season.

Central defender Hainault, (26), played eight times for the Victoria Park side and the Canadian grabbed a memorable winning goal in the last game of the season against Caley Thistle.

County chairman Roy MacGregor hopes to reopen talks with St Johnstone in a bid to settle the future of captain Richard Brittain. Brittain had signed a two year pre contract agreement with Saints in January but now he is keen to stay in Dingwall for family reasons.

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