Caley Thistle star Marley Watkins writes-off car to save deer

Watkins has been tasked with replacing Billy Mckay since the Northern Irishman left  in January but now faces competition for the role
Watkins has been tasked with replacing Billy Mckay since the Northern Irishman left in January but now faces competition for the role

Caley Thistle forward Marley Watkins is looking forward to taking his mind off his narrow escape this week after a car crash on Wednesday left him shaken.

Watkins was unhurt in the accident, which happened near Milton of Leys on the outskirts of Inverness but the 24-year-old suffered a sleepless night afterwards.

The forward was glad to avoid physical injury and insists he is in fine shape for today’s Premiership game against Motherwell at Caledonian Stadium.

Watkins said: “It wasn’t a bad one but I was over-thinking. I’m all right but my car’s a write-off.

“A deer ran out and I swerved into the railings. I had to miss it – you can’t hit a deer. I thought there was no point in us both getting hit. I couldn’t sleep the night after. I’m a bit shaken up but I’m fine.”

Watkins has enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, with four goals for Caley Jags after just a solitary strike last season.

Although he started out playing a wide midfield position, Watkins has recently been deployed up front by manager John Hughes.

Watkins is comfortable in either role and is simply glad to have added goals to his name. He added: “I enjoyed playing up front. Like everyone, I still have to work on certain areas.

“I’ve still a lot of improving to do but I think I’ve proved to the manager I can play in either role now – more advanced or in behind the frontman.

“I feel I’ve got goals in me and I’m starting to prove it. I just want to score and keep helping the team.

“Billy Mckay and I linked well, so I’m sure I’ll get another crack at it, whether it’s this weekend or in the future. We’ve done well together. I feel I should be in double figures by now and that’s my personal target.

“The team winning is most important but you need goals to win, so I want to be part of it.

“We had a bit of momentum and were in good form before the break. We just have to prepare properly for the Motherwell game and make sure we’re at it from the off.

“It’s a great dressing-room – the best I’ve been involved in. They are top people as well as footballers – hard-working, honest and we all stick together.”

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