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Plans to get Inverness Thistle playing again next season are moving positively

By Will Clark

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The new logo for Inverness Thistle has been revealed.
The new logo for Inverness Thistle has been revealed.

PLANS to relaunch Inverness Thistle and have them playing in the North Caledonian League next season are moving in the right direction according to organisers.

Newly appointed Inverness Thistle chairman Martin Mainland has confirmed that the club now have a committee in place who are looking to progress plans to get the club back in action.

Last month, proposals were revealed to relaunch the Inverness Thistle name to play senior football for the first time since the original club ceased to exist 30 years ago.

A meeting was held on Wednesday night where a committee was formed and talks were held about what is required to gain membership into the North Caledonian League.

Mainland says plans are moving positively to meeting their objective of playing in the league next season. He says they are confident they can meet the requirements needed to get up and running.

Mainland said: “We had a meeting on Wednesday with people who are interested in being part of Inverness Thistle.

“The North Caledonian FA president Niall Harkiss was also in attendance and he answered a lot of questions that we had.

“We have a rough idea of what is needed to get into the league. So it is a case of putting things in place now.”

Inverness Thistle, who played in the Highland League, merged with Caledonian in 1994 to form Inverness Caledonian Thistle to join what was then known as the Scottish Third Division.

Mainland says talks still have to take place where Inverness Thistle could play if attempts to establish the club are successful.

But he says he is not surprised with the level of interest from the public in re-establishing the club.

He said: “I wasn’t really surprised considering the amount of fans of the old club who are still out there. We can see how many people are still interested in the club and want to be part of some sort of regeneration.

“We have ideas of where we would like play. We need to enter negotiations with Highland Council. It is a case of waiting to see where we can go.

“This has been a pipeline dream for a long time and nothing to do with any other club.”

He added: “We also have an agreement with a youth development system which has been fully functional for a number of years. We are making small steps. I don’t think it would be too hard to get management and players in, hopefully there is enough interest in the idea.”

This week, the public voted on what its logo should be, with the winning design revealed on the club’s social media.

In addition, Inverness Thistle are planning a number of fundraising events as well looking for sponsorship and commercial revenue.

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