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John Hughes sets challenge for new Caley Thistle signings

Ofere signed for the Caley Jags alongside Tarmo Kink
Ofere signed for the Caley Jags alongside Tarmo Kink

Caley Thistle manager John Hughes has challenged latest recruits Edward Ofere and Tarmo Kink to prove they can adapt to his style of football.

The attackers, who have joined the club until the end of the season, have been told they must fit into the Highlanders’ passing game if they are to be successful at Caledonian Stadium.

He said: “We’re looking no further than the end of the season but it’s up to the new lads to grab the bull by the horns. They’ll get their chance and it is up to them to take it.

“We won’t be changing our style of play – it’s up to them to adapt. From our point of view we have to make them feel welcome, help them out and get them settled in as quick as we can. If we can do that we can get the best out of them.

“Edward conducts himself well and has a fantastic discipline and manner about him. The two of them have a good pedigree.”

Ofere celebrates netting on his debut
Ofere celebrates netting on his debut

Ofere, who joined the club a week ago, has already made a quick impression with a debut goal in the 2-1 defeat at Motherwell and Hughes believes former Middlesbrough attacker Kink is capable of following his new team-mate’s lead.

He said: “Edward had a tough game at Motherwell on Saturday considering he had only been in a couple of days. We threw him at the deep end but he did well, scored a goal, hit the post and worked hard for the team. He still has a bit to go in terms of fitness.

“Tarmo has a left foot like a wand and also has good experience. He can play anywhere across the front four either as a forward or in behind and I hope they both become favourites with the supporters.”

The arrival of the two forwards has given Hughes some much needed attacking options following the departure of Billy Mckay in January. Marley Watkins has featured as a lone forward but Hughes insists the competition for places can only benefit the club.

He said: “I’m pleased to have a couple of new faces in. Their arrival will bring competition for places.”

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