Adam Straith looks set to win a deal with Caley Thistle after the Canadian international defender played a jet lagged part in victory against Rangers.
The trialist, who has 41 caps for his country, played a holding midfield role in Wednesday’s 2-1 development league triumph against Rangers just 24 hours stepping off a trans-atlantic flight from New York.
Caley Jags manager Richie Foran, who has lost defenders Josh Meekings and Lewis Horner for another month at least, hinted he was close to making the former Whitecaps and Energie Cottbus centre half an offer.
Straith impressed Foran with his performance in the reserves’ win but the Irishman has been just as pleased with his attitude.
Foran said: “Adam was in the Highlands before when Ross County had him over for a couple of weeks a few years ago.
“So he knew all about the area and we didn’t have to tell him where to go, what to do – he did it all himself.
“He paid for his own flights. He wants to be here.
“He’s low maintenance and a good talker. He plays his positions very well, which yesterday was sitting midfield. Already I like the signs. But we need a good look at him over the next three or four days.
“He didn’t fly in until Tuesday morning. Although he was jet lagged he said ‘I want to play’. We were going to give him Wednesday off. He played the full game at Ibrox and then wanted to train today.
“He’s hungry and has desire – a good attitude, that’s for sure. That’s the type of character I want here.”
Foran confirmed he was in talks with an attacker and another defender in addition to Straith, with a view to bolstering his bottom-of-the-table squad, but would offer no details.
But the Inverness manager insisted there had been “no contact” with reported target Simon Murray of Dundee United.
Caley Thistle beat a strong Rangers development side 2-1 in Inverness, with new attacker Dean Ebbe netting a goal and creating the other.
Foran had initially suggested the surprise January signing from Irish amateurs Bluebell United was “one for the future”, having taken a step back in his career after leaving Shamrock Rovers.
The 22-year-old’s performances in the Rangers game and in training, though, have convinced Foran otherwise.
The Caley Thistle manager said: “Dean is a confident boy. He’s a natural goalscorer – hungry for goals, selfish for goals. When he gets into one-on-one situations, I’d have full confidence he is going to score.”