Caley Thistle manager John Robertson feels attacker Miles Storey is going a long way towards rebuilding his confidence at Caledonian Stadium.
Storey is in his second spell at Inverness, having rejoined in the summer from Championship rivals Partick Thistle.
The Englishman has endured frustrating periods at Aberdeen and Thistle in recent years, since a successful initial loan stint with Caley Jags from Swindon Town in the 2015-16 campaign.
Storey has been a mainstay of Robertson’s side in recent weeks, and the Caley Jags boss reckons the 26-year-old is blossoming in familiar surroundings.
Robertson said: “A lot of the players that come here have probably been at bigger clubs, and it has not quite worked out for them, but they come here and find themselves again.
“Whilst Miles has been here before, and he has settled in pretty quickly, I think the big thing with Miles was his confidence.
“He perhaps felt he wasn’t appreciated, people didn’t know his strengths or how to use them. That’s what we are doing.
“When Miles has got that bit between his teeth he’s a very difficult player to control at this level.
“His pace is off the charts, and he has got a goal in him.
“His confidence is getting there. He still has a wee bit to go, he knows he has still got improvement to make and more to give us.”
Storey netted 13 goals in 37 appearances during an impressive loan stint during Inverness’ Premiership days, with Robertson insisting the forward is determined to add to the three goals he has netted so far this term.
Robertson added: “He can play anywhere across the front four. We are quite happy playing him anywhere.
“There will be times this season when he will play down the middle, sometimes he will come off the left, but at the moment he has been very effective coming off the right.
“We have been at him in training and during games to have more shots at goal, and he is starting to show that belief he can score from all angles.
“He has said he’s disappointed in his goals tally for the games he has played, but he thinks he will improve on that.”
Caley Thistle began a busy February period with a 1-1 draw at home to Alloa Athletic on Saturday, with the Highlanders hosting Premiership side Livingston in the Scottish Cup fifth round on Saturday.
With Caley Jags also facing Rangers colts in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup last four later in the month, Robertson insists his full squad will be called upon, adding: “February and March are going to be very busy, and if we get further in the cups there will be more games to rearrange.
“The full size of the squad will be tested, and those young lads who will now get a rest will certainly be required later in the season.
“We are not scared to use them, because they have already shown they are more than good enough to be involved.”