Clachnacuddin’s on-loan midfielder Kieran Chalmers hopes proving he can cope with the physical demands of the Highland League can help him catch the eye of Caley Thistle manager John Robertson.
Chalmers joined the Lilywhites on a temporary deal last week, and has started all three games for Iain Polworth’s men since.
The 17-year-old got a taste of Highland League football during a similar loan spell with Forres Mechanics last season, and the diminutive midfielder hopes to use his spell at Grant Street Park to enhance his Inverness prospects.
Chalmers said: “John Robertson obviously feels I need games so he has put me out on loan, as he feels physically I can improve in the Highland League.
“Hopefully the move can help to build me up and I can improve with the more game time I get.
“I learned a lot from the pace and physicality on loan with Forres last season, that was all pretty new to me.
“This season I know what I’m doing, so hopefully I can build on it, and as with the rest of the boys in the Inverness squad I can start pushing into the team.”
Clach are aiming to pick up their first points of the season tomorrow when they host Lossiemouth, and Chalmers is remaining upbeat despite falling to a third straight loss in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Brora Rangers.
He added: “We can take some encouragement, especially from when we played them last time. The result says itself the boys are getting at it.
“The boys put in a fair shift. We would have liked to have got something out of the game, but if we can take that effort into Saturday’s game hopefully we can get a win.
“We just need those first three points, and then the boys can take that on into the next game. If we can get that momentum we will see where it can take us in the league.”