Inverness CT: John Hughes aims for more contract extensions

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland
Defenders Josh Meekings (left) and David Raven are out of contract in the summer
Defenders Josh Meekings (left) and David Raven are out of contract in the summer

Inverness CT boss John Hughes is "desperate" to retain his soon-to-be-out-of-contract first-team regulars.

However, Billy McKay, Marley Watkins, John Meekings, David Raven and Graham Shinnie are all free to join other clubs the end of the season.

"We're desperate to keep them," Hughes told BBC Scotland." I want to be very loyal to these guys who have done well over the last few years."

With Inverness just five points off top spot Scottish Premiership, Hughes believes he can persuade some of them to stay put.

"The ball is in the player's court," Hughes explained. "I'm confident that we will get some of them tied up in the next couple of weeks."

And Hughes points to the example of Tansey, with the 26-year-old enjoying his second stint in the Highlands.

"He was here at Inverness, tried his luck down in England, it didn't quite work out for him and he came back here," said the manager. "The grass isn't always greener.

"I've been there as a player. Everybody is out to do their best for themselves and their families and I understand that. But we have to do what's best for Inverness.

"If we can everybody on board, keep them all injury free, try and tie one or two up, then the club is in a right good healthy position."

Defender Raven is adamant that he wants to stay but says he has not yet been offered new terms.

And he is urging team-mates to think carefully before making any decision to move on.

"I want to stay here, I'm settled," said Raven. "I've been about now and the lads will get their heads tuned by certain different clubs.

"This is the best changing room I've ever been in and the most enjoyable time I've had in my football career.

"It's not the biggest club I've ever played for but I'll look back on my career and this will be the big highlight for me, playing in cup finals and things like that.

"Sometimes when you're on to a good thing just keep it going."

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