Despite Saturday's league defeat at the hands of St Duthus, Inverness Athletic Manager Shane Carling is still very happy with how his new recruits are settling in at the club. The Manager had a busy summer period adding no fewer than eight new faces to the squad, as he looks to improve his sides fortunes on all fronts this season.
Taylor Sutherland is no stranger to Inverness Athletic, with this being his second spell at the club after spending last season with Alness United. The 2018/19 Football times Cup winner is a versatile player who can play in several positions along the back four but is also able to be utilised in the midfield areas. Taylor is a hard-working footballer and a great addition to the squad.
Callum Gow in action during Saturday's defeat to St Duthus
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Another addition to the ranks from Alness United is Midfielder Callum Gow. Like Taylor, Callum is a strong, versatile player who is comfortable playing in a number of positions. Gow joins the club after a successful season with amateur side Maryburgh in the Inverness Leagues and is another excellent addition to Shane Carling’s squad.
James Murray joins the club from fellow North Caledonian League side Thurso. James is an experienced campaigner who has a keen eye for goal. The striker, who has also had spells with Halkirk United & Golspie Sutherland, found the back of the net a total of 9 times last season for the Caithness outfit including once against Athletic when the sides met in October. James started life with Inverness with a bang, scoring 4 goals on his debut against Nairn County U20s earlier this month.
James Murray out jumps Charlie Macdonald of St Duthus during Saturday's match
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Another addition from Caithness is Midfielder James Mackay. James joins club from last season’s league title winners Golspie Sutherland and with a wealth of Highland League experience as well, having played for several clubs including Rothes and Strathspey Thistle in his time. James got off to a good start with Athletic as he come off the bench and netted on his debut against Nairn County U20s.
It’s a hattrick of new Caithness faces as Midfielder Roddy Innes joins the club from Highland League side Wick Academy. The ex Inverness Caley Thistle youngster has started life well under new boss Shane Carling, having features in all three games so far this season, as he looks to continue his development in the hard hitting North Caledonian League. Even at this early stage Roddy looks like he will be a great acquisition.
Jack Mackay in action against Bunillidh Thistle earlier this month
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Dingwall based Midfielder Jack Mackay is another player to join the club from Alness United. Mackay, who reached the Highland AM Cup final this summer with Avoch AFC, is another versatile player who is more than happy to operate anywhere in midfield area or up top. Mackay did not take long to find his feet, netting twice on his debut on the opening day of the season against Bunillidh Thistle to help Athletic to a comfortable 7-1.
Young defender Cameron Maclean has joined the club from Nairn County of the Highland League. A regular for the County Under 20s last season, Maclean features as a trialist already this season for Forres Mechanics and Fort William before deciding to sign up for a season of North Caledonian League Football.
Calum Black made his loan move from Highland League outfit Clachnacuddin permanent over the summer as the young left back looks to build on a good first season at the club. Black arrived last season on loan and quickly became an important player for the club, featuring 9 times and finding the net on 2 occasions, one a cracking strike against Invergordon.
Calum Black seen here in action against Halkirk United last season
The manager has had his say on all the new faces,
“We are delighted that we were able to improve the squad over the summer and get all these lads in. Obviously, Saturday was not a good day at the office, but overall, we are very happy with the way the guys have fitted in with the lads from last season and feel that they have all added quality to squad for this coming season.”