Christie says no to exodus
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Caley Thistle boss Charlie Christie has confirmed new deals for two key men.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Charlie Christie has dismissed predictions of an exodus from the club by confirming new deals for two key players.
Former Aberdeen midfielder Russell Duncan has accepted terms for an enhanced two-year contract, as has Ross Tokely bar a few minor details.
Boss Christie has come out firing after speculation that former manager Craig Brewster might try to woo Craig Dargo, Darren Dods and Ian Black to Dundee United, prompting a break-up of the squad.
But Christie believes that Caley hold significant advantages for players in his squad, and for those being linked with moves away from the Caledonian Stadium in particular.
He told the Daily Record: "The simple fact is we've an entire squad under contract for next season.
"Every player has his market value, whether at Parkhead, Old Trafford or wherever.
"The good thing is, gone are the days when this club might be tempted to sell at a bargain price.
"Former players of this club will tell you how good things are here and how well they are treated in comparison to other clubs.
"We are very realistic in our demands on players and, among a relatively tight squad, regular inclusion in the first team can bring a player on ten-fold.
"I'll not name individuals, but some have left here for the chance to make more money and found themselves toiling.
"The budget might be quite strong for next season but before adding to the squad I'd rather reward guys who've done a job for us."