Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Michael Gardyne says Ross County release gives him no extra point to prove after joining rivals Caley Thistle

Michael Gardyne says Ross County release gives him no extra point to prove after joining rivals Caley Thistle

Michael Gardyne insists he has no point to prove with Caley Thistle following his release by Ross County.

Staggies stalwart Gardyne has signed a one-year deal at Caledonian Stadium, with the option to extend it further, after ending his 12-year association with their Highland rivals County last month.

Gardyne, who holds the Staggies’ club records for appearances and goals with 73 strikes in 444 outings, spoke of his surprise at being informed he would not be receiving a new contract via a Zoom call last month.

The 35-year-old says the manner of his exit from Dingwall has given him no additional drive on top of his own ambition to help Caley Jags challenge for promotion from the Championship.

Gardyne said: “It is all about the past and the future for me. To be here and get it sorted, the only way is forward now and I’m looking forward to meeting the lads and getting into training.

“It is the drive, fire and hunger inside me. There are disappointments in football, there are highs and lows and it was a low a month ago.

Michael Gardyne celebrates his final goal for Ross County against Motherwell.

“That is in the past now, for me it is the future and the fire and drive in the belly comes from me – nothing else.

“I’ve not got anything to prove to anyone, even to myself. I have come here to do well for Inverness and that is the plan going forward.”

Gardyne becomes head coach Billy Dodds’ fifth summer signing, following the capture of Tom Walsh, Billy Mckay, Manny Duku and Reece McAlear.

Billy Dodds.

The Dundee-born player previously worked with Dodds, who was County’s assistant manager when Jim McIntyre’s side won the League Cup in 2016.

Gardyne says the chance to work under Dodds again was a huge draw, adding: “The manager being here was a big pull.

“We had some great times, we won the Scottish League Cup, so it is exciting going forward. To be working with the manager will be great.

“The manager and me – it’s weird calling him manager – have been in almost a friendship since he left Ross County.

“He’s always been there for chats and, when I’m down, that kind of pick me up.

“When the chance came and he was getting the job here, we spoke.

“It was a big pull for me to come here and work with him.”

Michael Gardyne celebrates with Ross County fans after winning the Championship in 2019.

Gardyne, who has won the Championship title twice with the Staggies, hopes his experience can be a key asset as Inverness look to return to the top flight for the first time since 2017.

He added: “The club have brought in a few lads and they are building a squad to compete and challenge.

“It will be a tough league this season but there could be up to six teams thinking they can go and win it.

“It’s always nice to have that bit of experience and I’ve won the Championship twice, so that’s always good to have in your background.

“Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience into the group and we’ll take it from there into pre-season and the start of the league.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]