Former Cove Rangers midfielder Blair Yule turned down the chance of full-time football with Caley Thistle to join League 1 side Arbroath.
Yule, who has signed a two-year contract with the Red Lichties, was provisionally offered a two-year contract by the Highlanders’ caretaker managers Brian Rice and Scott Kellacher following the sacking of manager Richie Foran last month.
New manager John Robertson was also keen on Yule, but wanted to see the 24-year-old in training before completing the deal.
Aberdeen-based Yule, who works as an electrical engineer, was eager to resolve his future and said: “There was an offer from Inverness, but the uncertainty with the managerial change meant things dwindled away.
“There was an offer, but it was prior to the new manager coming in.
“He wanted to have a look at me first because he hadn’t seen me play, which was understandable.
“They had spoken about going up for a trial but I was at the stage where I just wanted to get things sorted out.
“The deal at Inverness might not have worked out and the position I’ve got with my job, I wasn’t sure if that was going to be available in a year or two’s time. It would have been a very big gamble to take.
“Weighing up all the options, I feel I’ve done the right thing and I can concentrate on my full-time job as well as playing part-time football, which is what I’ve always done anyway.”