Trio agree deals with Inverness

Terry Butcher: summer business 'almost complete' after new trio took close-season signings to seven. Picture: SNS
Terry Butcher: summer business 'almost complete' after new trio took close-season signings to seven. Picture: SNS
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INVERNESS boss Terry Butcher says his summer business is “almost complete” after confirming the Highlanders have signed three more new players.

Cheltenham defender Harry Hooman, Burnley midfielder Adam Evans and striker Curtis Allen from Northern Irish outfit Coleraine have all agreed deals with Caley Thistle.

It takes the number of new additions to Butcher’s squad to seven following the capture of James Vincent, Danny Williams, Ben Greenhalgh and Marley Watkins last week.

The former England captain said: “We have been tracking these lads for some time now, and we are delighted to have landed them in the face of stiff competition from elsewhere.

“It is testament to how far we have moved forward as a club when lads of this quality are willing to make the journey north to join us.

“Our squad for next season is almost complete and we can now look forward to few days off as we will all be back, raring to go, on June 27 and that’s not too far away now.”

Irish Under-19 international Evans arrives a month after he spent a week training with Butcher and his players at the end of last season.

He is joined by 25-year-old Allan - capped once by Northern Ireland’s Under-21 side - after his deal with IFA Premiership club Coleraine expired.

Hooman, meanwhile, was released by Cheltenham last month and Caley Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron said seven signings were testament to the work put in by Butcher, his assistant Maurice Malpas and chief scout Steve Marsella.

Cameron said: “These seven players have now put pen to paper for us. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding a few of the lads, but we are delighted that the process is now complete. They join the 11 first-teamers who have already signed new contracts.

“It’s excellent work to get such a substantial piece of recruitment done so early and it shows the football department has done its homework. But we’re not finished - offers have been made to one or two others and we await news on them.

“We have some exciting new prospects joining the club and this has been a work in progress by the management team for some time now, not just for the past couple of weeks but this is the culmination of many thousands of miles in the car taking in hundreds of games and a massive amount of man hours.”