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Inverness Caledonian Thistle players must keep performing for new deals


By Alasdair Fraser

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BILLY Dodds could begin rewarding Caley Thistle players with new deals within the next couple of months if early season form brings lasting consistency.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(1) v Raith Rovers(0). 07.08.21. ICT manager Billy Dodds celebrates to fans at the end.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(1) v Raith Rovers(0). 07.08.21. ICT manager Billy Dodds celebrates to fans at the end.

The Inverness manager shed light on the buzz of good feeling within his dressing room after three opening Championship victories.

There is an evident excitement among players and staff alike at the prospect of a top of the table clash with title favourites Kilmarnock tomorrow, but Dodds is determined to keep feet on the ground and maintain the fierce work ethic that is serving them well.

The former Scotland striker made it clear he could seek to capitalise on the enjoyment and feelgood factor by tying down first team performers early in the campaign – if performance levels remain high.

Mark Ridgers this week pledged his future with a new three-year deal, and the manager said: “There’s a few boys going into the last year of their contract and it is up to them to win another.

“There’s a few we’re looking to extend. If they’re playing well come January, they will be asked to extend.

“We’re actively looking to secure players if we continue this run of form and there might be a few in the next couple of months. It is a happy camp and a good place to be. Coming in every morning, it is a great place to work and a few of them realise that. We’ll be looking to do some business in coming months.

“I want to keep it nice and level. The boys are lively in the dressing room and that’s human nature, but we have to be at it every week. If we show a consistency, we’ll do okay.”

Killie will also be high in confidence at Rugby Park against full-strength ICT, and Dodds added: “I know they are capable of winning this game if they play well, but I know if we don’t play well we’re capable of losing.

“It’s a big game, even this early in the season. My boys are flying and can’t wait to get going. We’ll go into the game with confidence, but aware Killie have quality.”


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