Inverness CT: Tarmo Kink plays down early expectations

Tarmo Kink in action for Estonia against Scotland
Tarmo Kink played for Estonia against Scotland in 2013

Tarmo Kink has tempered Inverness Caledonian Thistle's expectations that he will hit the ground running as a replacement for top scorer Billy Mckay.

Caley Thistle's results have dipped since Northern Ireland striker Mckay was sold to Wigan Athletic in January.

And manager John Hughes has added Kink and Nigerian Edward Ofere to his squad.

"I hope I can bring something extra right away, but I don't want to promise anything because you need some games in your legs to be top level," said Kink.

"I haven't played for six months, no game practice, but I hope I can add something positive. Let's wait and see."

The Estonia international has not played since leaving Kaposvari Rakoczi after their relegation from the Hungarian top flight.

But he has plenty of experience of moving clubs - and countries - and, since leaving Real Tallinn in his homeland, has also been on the books of Spartak Moscow, Gyori in Hungary, Karpaty Lviv in Bulgaria and Varese in Italy.

Caley Thistle had gone six games without defeat until Mckay's departure and, although they also won their next two games, they have now gone three without a victory.

Billy Mckay in action for Wigan
Billy Mckay is now playing for Wigan Athletic in England's Championship

Midfielder Marley Watkins was utilised as an emergency striker until Ofere, previously of Norwegian club Sogndal, made his debut in the 2-1 defeat by Motherwell on 28 February.

Now 29-year-old Kink is available too ahead of Tuesday's re-arranged Scottish Cup quarter-final at home to Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers.

Kink believes previous experience of British football will help him settle in, although he has been quoted as saying that he thinks he was not given a fair chance by manager Tony Mowbray during his two years at Middlesbrough until 2012.

"It's very easy to settle in because the coaching staff and the players are very friendly," he added.

"I just want to play football again and enjoy football again.

"I played before in Middlesbrough, so it was much easier for me to come here.

"I know what I need to do and I know about the football.

"There have been no surprises. It's easier to settle in here because of my experience."

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