Doran aims to impress whatever his future

Caley Thistle winger Aaron Doran

Aaron Doran is happy to put thoughts about his future to the back of his mind as he focuses on rediscovering peak form with Caley Thistle.

Midfielder Doran has enjoyed a run in Inverness’ side since returning to action in November after his recovery from a second knee operation in two years.

The Irishman was a consistent performer for Caley Jags during the club’s top-flight days, after his arrival from Blackburn Rovers in 2011. He is determined to recapture that form after finally appearing to have overcome his injury worries, however, the 26-year-old remains unsure what lies ahead for him with his Inverness contract up this summer.

He said: “To be honest, I haven’t even thought about it. There are two weeks left before my contract is up, but I’m fit and have had no problems whatsoever since returning.

“I’m scoring goals, so I know when I get back to my top level of fitness what I’m capable of.

“I’ve played at a level above this and if I can get back to anywhere near my best there will be options for me, whether that’s here or somewhere else.

“I haven’t gone to the manager asking about a contract or anything like that. I’m just trying to get out there and impress and help the team finish as high as possible.

“He will probably speak to me then, but that’s not on my mind at all. I’m happy to be fit, playing and back scoring goals. That’s my main aim.

“This is the first time in two years I’ve been coming into the summer injury-free. I feel really good.

“I’m probably still playing a little bit of catch-up with the rest of the lads because I haven’t had a pre-season and only started my first game in January. I feel really good and have scored a few goals now. I just want to play as much as I can in these remaining games.”

Caley Jags face Dumbarton for the second time in four days when they make the trip to the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium this evening, after Saturday’s 5-1 home win over the Sons.

Doran does not believe fatigue will be an issue, adding: “I think the lads still feel fresh. We’re getting days off and not training as much.”

Caley Jags can keep their late push for a play-off place going with a victory tonight, in the first of four remaining matches, and Doran feels momentum is on the Highlanders’ side.

He added: “With the way we have been playing in the last few weeks, I think we can do it.

“We know we need to win every game and there are a lot of tough games left, but we’re going out there confident and we have a lot of momentum behind us right now.

“Considering our last few performances, I don’t see why we can’t go out and win those games.”