Caley Thistle new boy Scott Allardice said manager John Robertson was the reason he jumped at a move to Inverness.
The 22-year-old joined Caley Jags on a one-year deal from Irish side Waterford last month.
When asked about his main reason for making the move to the Caledonian Stadium, he said: “I looked at the gaffer and how he improves players.
“He has already been on at me for wee things that I can do to adjust my game and the steps I can make to improve my game.
“You just need to look at how many players have come to this club and moved on to the Scottish Premiership or beyond.
“As a young player, I know that he is a manager that gets the best out of people from a young age.”
Caley Thistle will get their Betfred Cup campaign under way on with a trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts on October 6 and Allardice has been enjoying getting in shape for the start of the new term.
He said: “It was a long break because of Covid, but it has been great to get back.
“The first two days were brutal with the running, but it has been good after that and the balls have been out.
“Everyone has been enjoying it.
“It is great to be back and have a bit of structure.
“It is nice to get out on the pitch and have a touch of the ball because it has been a long time.
“Everyone is raring to start the games on a Saturday.”
Allardice, who turned professional with Dundee United, believes he can make a positive contribution to the Caley Thistle midfield.
He said: “I’m an all-action player. I get up and down the park and try to get on the ball.
“I fly into tackles and I work hard for the team.
“I have settled in well at the club. I knew a few of the players from my time at Dundee United.
“They have been brilliant with me.”
Caley Thistle continued their pre-season preparations last night with a convincing 7-0 win against Highland League side Nairn County at Station Park in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
It was the second game in succession that Robertson’s side had scored seven, having beaten Elgin City 7-3 at Borough Briggs at the weekend.
The Inverness side led 5-0 at the break thanks to goals from Sean Welsh, Daniel Mackay, James Keating, Lewis Hyde and Miles Storey.
The goals continued after the interval with Shane Harkness netting the sixth with a looping header before former Hearts player Nikolay Todorov added the seventh from close range.
Caley Thistle will take on Clach on Friday before hosting Elgin at Caledonian Stadium the following day.