Caley Thistle skipper Carl Tremarco is hoping for clarity over his future as he reaches the final months of his contract.
Defender Tremarco is in line to make his 200th appearance for Inverness in tonight’s Championship trip to Dunfermline Athletic, nearly seven years after making the move from English outfit Macclesfield Town.
The 34-year-old is eager to remain at Caledonian Stadium beyond the end of his contract in the summer, with his family having settled in the Highlands following his arrival in 2013.
Tremarco is keen to avoid waiting until the end of the season to discover whether he is part of manager John Robertson’s plans, and he said: “I’m not getting any younger, but I’ve got a family to look after. We are getting into March now and I still don’t know where I’m going to be at the end of the season.
“As far as I’m aware I can go and talk to other clubs if I feel that’s the best option for me.
“But it’s no secret I love it here, and I would rather stay here.
“I can’t really afford to be waiting until the end of the season to find out what my situation is. I just need to know.
“I have had talks. It’s obviously something that I will speak to the manager about. Selfishly, with family and things, I need to know where I’m going to be putting my kids into school next year. It’s stuff like that.
“If it’s not going to be here that’s fine. I will get my head down and knuckle down until the end of the season.
“Hopefully, fingers crossed I can get something sorted for next season. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be here.”
Tremarco has made 29 appearances so far this term, and the left back has no doubts over his own fitness despite his advancing years.
He added: “I’m not saying I have lit any fires – but over the 200 games I think I’ve been pretty consistent.
“People may think otherwise, but I don’t really see many wingers turning me inside out. That’s still now.
“I have kept fit. When I signed up here I knew I could be fitter, and it’s something I addressed pretty quick.
“Fitness is a big thing. Whatever ability you’ve got, it stays. It’s the legs that tend to start wavering, but I’m 34 and feeling as fresh as the 24-year-olds in the changing room.”
Inverness’ trip to East End Park is followed by Friday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Hibernian, however tonight’s match is just as important to Tremarco.
He added: “We are not looking to Friday one little bit. Our bread and butter is finishing second.
“If you had offered me the Scottish Cup or promotion, it’s promotion all day.
“That’s not just because I’ve won the Scottish Cup, that’s because of the whole bigger picture. The club needs to get into the Premiership.”