Jordan White felt hard done by not to start more regularly for Barrow last season, but the Caley Thistle attacker is prepared to bide his time for his opportunity with the Highlanders.
Prior to joining Inverness in the summer White made 43 appearances during a year-long stint at English National League side Barrow, netting seven goals, however only 22 of those outings were starts.
Having left Livingston to join Wrexham in 2016, Belshill-born White opted to return to Scotland this summer by signing a two-year deal with Caley Jags, and netted his first goal for John Robertson’s men in Tuesday’s 2-1 IRN-BRU Cup defeat to Dunfermline.
It was only White’s third start for the club, however the 26-year-old says the competition he has faced from fellow strikers George Oakley and Nathan Austin has made it easier to show patience in his bid to break into the side.
White said: “At Barrow I did feel like I wasn’t getting a fair crack of the whip, I was always doing enough in training and in games to play. There were people playing in front of me who I didn’t think deserved to.
“That was the most frustrating thing. When Inverness came calling, it’s a great club with a good manager.
“I have been patient, so I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully I can get myself in the team.
“Nathan and George finished the season really strongly, and I’m experienced enough to respect they are going to have their chance at the start of the season.
“They deserve it, like a lot of the boys who ended the season, as they have played really well.
“The Dunfermline game was a chance for me to show what I can do, and if the manager puts me in for the next game I’ve got to go and take it from there and make sure I’m on top, as we’ve got really good strikers here.
“If I’m not doing it, they will be straight in.”
White’s joy at getting off the mark for the Highlanders was overshadowed by the their loss to the Pars, however he hopes to help Caley Jags get back to winning ways when they return to Championship action at home to Alloa Athletic next Saturday.
White added: “It was good to get off the mark on a personal note, but it was bittersweet for me because the result is more important than scoring goals.
“It’s always good to get a goal, but the manner in which we lost the game was disappointing.
“If I can score and we can win, that’s when it’s happy days.
“I know the game well up here, I know I’m experienced enough. I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”