Council Juice

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  1. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    I missed them because they're not out of contract at the end of the season as far as I'm aware. But yes OfW needs to go if he's not number 1. Wages needed elsewhere. Would like to keep Polworth and Mulraney. Get a taker for Susan too hopefully.
  2. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Remaining players that are out of contract at end of season then are: Ryan Esson – GK coach/ player - GK • Aaron Doran - LW - wait and see • Iain Vigurs - CM - try to keep • Jake Mulraney - RW - keep, though may have to sell now to recoup money • Brad Mckay - CB - keep • Cammy Mackay - GK - keep • John Baird - FW - could allow to leave • George Oakley - FW - keep • Connor Bell - FW - keep
  3. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Updated the OP with new contracts for Donaldson and Tremarco. Also added Nathan Austin with contract length TBC. So by my reckoning the only players contracts set to expire in January are Cooper (who given the arrival of Austin might be on his way) and Elsdon who hasn't kicked a ball on loan for us. So very likely that's not being extended. David Raven too will be off to pastures new. Thanks for the memories!
  4. Most Improved Player of 2017

    Mulraney for me is a far improved player from last season. Still has lots of work to do in terms of the final ball but he's improved a lot, albeit at a lower level.
  5. Zak Elbouzedi

    Seems a good move for all parties.
  6. QOS -V- Inverness CT

    Why would you need to operate machinery? If anything it's a matter of being able to play without a disadvantage.
  7. David Raven

    Not so much that. I think both the club knew and Raven knew from the off that we wouldn't offer terms similar to those he's on. The club have probably offered him a deal, decent in comparison to team mates, but a significant drop for him. Not ideal with a family etc. They probably knew he couldn't really accept. But, football wise would be handy to keep around if he would. It's not that different to what we did with Tokely. Offered new terms but terms that couldn't ever really be accepted. Good to have around but not to the point where the extra money couldn't be used more efficiently elsewhere.
  8. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Not seen much of him but you reckon Riccardo Calder will be off? Cooper for me is a take or leave. If he's on a relatively small wage then he's a decent squad option out wide. But I'd not despair if he didn't. Raven is a certainty to go. Warren, also on a big wage, though it might be risky to move on so much experience. I think Susan is the player Robbo refers to as the other we will try and move on. Might depend on him finding another club so that we can release him at nominal cost. 2 year deal was always a risk. But then it's a risk offering 6 month or 1 year deals as they might up and leave when you'd like them to stay. Chalmers after initially many not being sure about him is coming onto a game and would be good to keep. And Donaldson has formed a strong defensive pairing with Mckay.
  9. QOS -V- Inverness CT

    Seen games postponed for far less. Not sure anyone should be expected to work without any sleep, food or water and in what was probably not very warm conditions. Maybe we should have arranged a glamour friendly against Kingussie High school and used that to call the game off. Also another point. Presume there was only one bus driver. Would it not have been a risk for the amount of time they can spend at the wheel? QotS clearly caring about the money spent rather than others welfare. And the SPFL showing their typical impotence and incompetence .
  10. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    Of all the players up in January we need to keep big Coll. Please don't let him be in the 2/3. Raven is essentially confirmed as leaving after rejecting a reduced deal. Elsdon hasn't played. Can't see the loan extension being triggered. Susan is on a longer deal. Whether we can find a way to release him early or another club takes him on will be deciding factor there. Imagine Cooper might go too. Not sure. He does play occasionally but we have Doran coming back to fitness as well.
  11. David Raven

    Glad the club did at least make an offer. Although I think we all knew it would have to be on reduced terms. Also fully understand why this wouldn't work for David. He's been an absolute legend for ICT and will go down permanently in our history as one of the best. Club stalwart who can comfortably be mentioned in same breath as likes of Tokely, Munro, Golabek, Duncan etc. Players who always dug deep for the cause.
  12. Contracts - Who to get tied up?

    Why would County be pleased at missing, potentially, another 2 full houses at the Highland Derby and the gate receipts that go with it? From a fans point of view it's great to have bragging rights but financially it's not good business practice. Are they petty enough? Personally I think it's maybe a bit too early to extend any of the new signings contracts just yet. With the exception of maybe Bell and Donaldson (who is only signed until January) I'd like to also see Raven have his contract extended until the end of the season. He offers both stability and experience. Maybe he'll take a wage cut to do so. Or take another role at the club in addition. And from the other long(er) termers, extending Mckay and Vigurs on new deals. Doran has in the past been a great player for us but if he can't play he's a wage that could be used on a striker. If he proves his fitness by the end of the season, I'd offer him a heavy appearance fee related contract. If he can't get fit, let him stay and train for goodwill. But not on a deal. Likes of Baird, Oakley and Mulraney need to prove consistency over the course of the season. The best motivation for that is a prospective contract at the end of the season. Not now. Play and earn it. Don't think Elsdon or Cooper are worth keeping on beyond January. In summary - Donaldson - extend to end of season with optional year after. Bell - consider 2 year extension beyond this season. Not yet though. Raven - extend until end of season. Vigurs, Mckay - start talking with agents. Rest - earn a contract.
  13. It's a fair question Blair. Personally I think we've slightly been victims of our own success. After winning the cup (and reaching another final), aside from Christie, we completely failed to capitalise financially on the transfer of players their success attracted from elsewhere. So many good players have been lost for nothing. Unfortunately many of these good players were brought in through excellent scouting/trial work from Butchers teams tenure for next to nothing - if you then fail to profit from players leaving you have to try and replace them for next to nothing. It's near impossible to continue to find like for like gems from free transfers and released youths. Which is our market. So we've unsuccessfully been able to adjust to the loss of key players and not been able to replace them (we'd never replace Christie tbh). The board in some respects have perhaps shown complacency in this respect. They also did not manage to capitalise on our cup win commercially. They never truly seized the opportunity. Instead of attracting a new fan base we've lost fans. It's only really in hindsight that Foran turned out to be a poor manager. The club didn't act quickly enough in that respect perhaps.... But how often are clubs criticised for being trigger happy?It's a tough call. They held firm. It didn't work. Perhaps in the long run relegation might be good for us. Not financially sure, but it gives us the chance to start afresh. We might not be promoted this season but there's no reason not to build for next and be optimistic about our chances. We believe.
  14. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    Unfortunate not to nick this one by sounds of it but another clean sheet. Mckay and Donaldson seem to be forming a decent understanding at the back and the return of Tremarco and Raven has really helped. Still lacking a proper number 9. To think what could have been had we kept hold of Fisher. Think he'd have really flourished with Mulraney and Bell alongside. Ifs and Buts though.
  15. Caley Jags 2017/18 squad + changes in/out

    A few players contracts up soon. Ideally we'd keep Donaldson and Raven, although the latter is unlikely I feel. For me Cooper and Elsdon can leave. Young Foy offers as much as Cooper does. Amongst others.