Caley Thistle have signed former Falkirk midfielder Sean Welsh in time for tonight’s Betfred Cup tie away to Cowdenbeath.
Inverness manager John Robertson has made a central midfield player his priority in recent weeks, and has secured a deal for 28-year-old Welsh after he left the Bairns in the summer.
Welsh began his career with Hibernian but did not make an appearance before joining Partick Thistle in 2012.
He helped the Jags to promotion to the Premiership the following year, making 122 appearances in five years before being released last summer.
Robertson was pleased with his capture, and said: “He’s an experienced player who knows this league well and knows the Premiership well.
“We feel his experience and style will complement the team, and he will bring real competition for places in the midfield area.”
Welsh becomes Robertson’s sixth summer signing but Robertson has opted against offering former Rangers player Grant Nelson a deal following a trial spell.
Robertson insists the 19-year-old was unfortunate not to win a deal, adding: “We looked at Grant and he has been terrific, we have enjoyed having him.
“He’s been here for three weeks and played in four or five matches. He’s just a wee bit short of what we are needing – which is a central midfield player.
“Grant can play in central midfield and did okay, but he looks slightly more comfortable wider and we are well covered for that position.”
Robertson confirmed changes will be made for tonight’s trip to Central Park, after Inverness opened up their Group C campaign with a 2-0 win over Highland League champions Cove Rangers on Saturday.
He added: “We are going to make changes, there will be two or three players coming in to freshen it up.
“Had the boys gone out and won by five, six or seven goals, you wouldn’t have changed it.
“But with it being a bit of a start-stop performance, given the fact other lads have done well in pre-season, they will get their opportunity now.”