Inverness hand pro deal to midfielder Martin Laing

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher

Teenage midfielder Martin Laing has signed a professional contract with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after stepping up from the under-19 team.

Manager Terry Butcher said: "Martin is a clever lad and a good player who has made excellent progress through our youth set-up and we're pleased to have signed him on a first-team contract."

Caley Thistle have lost nine of last season's first-team squad.

Winger Jonny Hayes was the latest, joining Aberdeen on Tuesday.

Butcher had hoped to announce up to seven new signings before the start of pre-season training, but former Newport County central defender Gary Warren is the only fresh face to be announced so far.

Wales midfielder Owain Tudur Jones also agreed a new one-year contract.

Now 19-year-old Laing joins Nick Ross and Shane Sutherland in giving a local presence to the first team.

"The lad has worked hard to get himself into this situation and he joins the rest of the first team for the start of pre-season on Friday," added Butcher.

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