Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran is hopeful his budget will allow him to bring in one more player outwith the transfer window.
Foran made seven summer additions after succeeding John Hughes as Inverness manager at the end of last season, including the deadline-day signings of St Johnstone defender Brad McKay and on-loan Fulham midfielder Larnell Cole.
Although Foran is content with the squad at his disposal, the Irishman hopes he will have the flexibility to add a further free agent should he feel it is necessary prior to the next transfer window in January.
Foran said: “I’m delighted with the squad. There might be room for one more – maybe.
“I’ll need to have a good chat with the chairman and the board but I might be able to squeeze one more, hopefully.
“We’ve got a quality squad already, though. All the guys are going to have hard competition getting into the team.
“They are all coming back saying they’re up for that battle. I’m not telling anyone they’re guaranteed a game.
“They’ve got to come and prove they’re good enough to get into that starting 11. All the boys we’ve signed are up for that. We’ve brought a lot of quality in.”
Foran handed a debut to former Hearts defender McKay from the start in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Aberdeen at Pittodrie but he says fellow new arrival Cole is still short of match sharpness.
Foran added: “Coming from Fulham he’s played at a good level. He’s got a lot of pace and tricks and he’s direct. His technique is wonderful.
“I’m just trying to get him match fit, he’s a little behind in terms of that as he hasn’t played a lot of football this season.
“He looks good on the training ground, though.”