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ICT boss asks fans for patience

By Graham Linton

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TERRY Butcher will ask Caley Thistle supporters to be patient at the beginning of the next season to give his new signings the chance to bed into the squad.

Ten players were released from the Highland Capital club by Inverness manager Butcher at the end of the previous campaign, while so far only one new arrival has been confirmed — former Stockport County midfielder Greg Tansey (22), who will officially sign a one-year deal this week.

Ex-Raith Rovers forward Gregory Tade has been strongly linked with a move to Caley Thistle and a 12-month deal has supposedly been tabled by Butcher for the 24-year-old, who is also understood to be interesting Scottish Premier League rivals Hibernian.

Butcher stated last week that he has been working hard on potential new signings and expected to have announcements soon on that front.

However, he conceded that it may take up until the current transfer window closes on 31st August before he has his complete squad in place.

With plenty of arrivals anticipated over the coming months at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Butcher is excited by the potentials new faces he has lined up, but is well aware that fans may have to bear with him as he attempts to integrate these players into the squad.

“Not last season, but the season before that when we were in the First Division, we had to bring a lot of new players to the club,” he said.

“Players like Lee Cox and Jonny Hayes had to be introduced to the demands of Scottish football and we had to work hard to find the style that suited the players we brought to the club.

“When we come back on 21st June to start pre-season I’m probably not going to have anywhere near the squad I want, but the fans have to be patient. We have released 10 players in all areas and that has left us depleted. We’re now looking to fill as many of these areas as we can.”

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