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Caley Thistle to move training base to Kelty Hearts ‘to attract the highest quality players’

Inverness are relocating their training hub to Fife after being relegated to League One.

Inverness were last at Kelty Hearts in July 2022 when they won 1-0 in the League Cup group stages. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson
Inverness were last at Kelty Hearts in July 2022 when they won 1-0 in the League Cup group stages. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson

Caley Thistle have announced they are relocating their training base to Fife after striking a deal with League One rivals Kelty Hearts.

The Inverness club, fresh from being relegated from the Championship on Saturday, have held a series of boardroom talks regarding the future direction of the club.

Much of fans’ fury has been focused on manager Duncan Ferguson and at the board but the changes revealed go far deeper – with recruitment of players judged to be easier away from the Highland capital.

It’s understood Ferguson and assistant Gary Bollan will be charged with the task of leading the club in thier bid to get back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Supporters have been pressing for news from ICT since Monday’s announcement from chairman Ross Morrison that they’re remaining full-time.

Big shift to Fife starts next month

The club said they are making the move due to the high costs involved with being based in Inverness.

They also believe they will be able to attract better players if the club’s training base is in the Central Belt.

It said: “As one major part of our planned strategic restructure of the club, ICTFC are delighted to announce an innovative agreement with League One side Kelty Hearts which will see the club move our training base to the Fife club’s New Central Park Stadium.

“This creative partnership will mean that we will hire their excellent facilities which include a 3G pitch, onsite grass pitches and offices for our coaching staff, as our training base during the week starting from this coming pre-season in June.

“The last few years have seen the geographic challenges in getting players to move to the Highlands become ever harder for a number of reasons.

“Caledonian Stadium will always be our home, but other factors in Scottish football have changed and where we train should not be an impediment to the quality of the players we can attract to Caley Thistle, or to our potential to progress.

The Caledonian Stadium, Inverness.
Tthe Caledonian Stadium. Image: SNS

“The commercial success of the city of Inverness – which will always be our home – both as a tourist destination and a place to live, has led to very high prices for the accommodation we require to house players.

“In addition to these high costs, which our competitors do not carry, the extremely limited housing stock in Inverness continues to be both a challenge and a huge factor working against us.

“Increased playing budgets in and around the Central Belt has meant that on many occasions, even when we have offered players more favourable terms than our competitors, sometimes even agreed deals, we have then been told that the player has changed his mind due to challenges relocating their families.

“Support structures in and around the families of players may all be in and around the central belt, partners will have jobs where they live and moving kids schools to the Highlands and moving home itself can just be seen as impractical for a one or two year contract.

“It makes it particularly challenging for us to sign senior players, a category which through no fault of our budget, or of previous ICT managers, we have struggled to attract in the last few seasons.

“Similarly, our location means that we miss out on the opportunity of signing promising players from the larger clubs in Scotland, on loan or otherwise.”

Inverness manager Duncan Ferguson, left, with chairman Ross Morrison. Image: SNS

ICT thank Kelty for striking deal

The club stressed that moving these operations to Kelty does not mean the closure of opportunities for younger, local players.

The statement added: “For the avoidance of any doubt we absolutely intend to continue to develop our own homegrown Highland boys and we will take the appropriate steps to make sure that by being creative, innovative and practical, they do not miss out on the chance to have a pathway to first-team football with their team.

“We have a proud tradition of introducing local players in to our first team and this will absolutely continue.

“We obviously never intended to be in the same division as Kelty when originally exploring this concept, but football throws strange things at you sometimes and having reassessed the proposition and judged that the pros still far outweigh the cons, we would like to thank the board of Kelty Hearts and MD Stefan Winiarski and his management team for considering this unique to the SPFL partnership, and then seeing and agreeing on the possibilities and benefits for both clubs.

“To reiterate, by moving our footballing department’s training base to central Scotland, both the club’s board of directors and the club’s first-team management feel we give ourselves the best possible chance to attract the highest quality players to the club, allowing some of the players we sign to also live in and around the Central Belt while playing for ICTFC.

“We now look forward to taking further positive strides on and off the pitch to address the football and financial challenges we face we believe this exciting opportunity to help us attract players previously not available to us and build a better squad, is one of the first steps we can make and we hope to develop further innovative partnerships. Inverness is and will always be our home.

“The Caledonian Stadium will always be where we play our football. We hope this venture will help us achieve our goal in giving our supporters a team to be proud of.”