McKay staying with Inverness, but Germany-bound Piermayr joins the exodus

Billy McKay has agreed a new two-year deal with Inverness, but defender Thomas Piermayr intends to move to Germany.

The 23-year-old striker, who has represented Northern Ireland under-21s, joined Caley last summer after two years with Northampton. Manager Terry Butcher told the club’s official website: “Billy has agreed to extend his contract for a period of two years. We’re delighted he has pledged his future to us. He showed good promise in his first SPL season and we think his best is yet to come.”

But former Austrian Under-21 international Piermayr has turned down a new deal. “Thomas has indicated that he wants to play his football in Germany so we wish him all the best”, said Butcher.

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The Highlanders’ manager revealed that he has had discussions with defenders Kenny Gillet and Ross Tokely and Welsh international midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, who are all out of contract shortly. He said: “Gillet, Tudur Jones and Tokely have been in touch and have been granted extra time in which to consider the new contracts we’ve offered them.”

On the departures of Jonny Hayes, Gregory Tade and Greg Tansey, Butcher admitted Caley simply could not match the cash on offer elsewhere. He said: “We made these players the best offers we could in our financial situation. But other teams have been able to give these men a huge financial incentive to leave the Highlands and ply their trade elsewhere.

“It’s extremely disappointing to lose such great professionals and characters from our dressing room, but we extend our best wishes to them. Their progress, however, is a boost to the standing of Inverness.

“Players and agents increasingly see us as a club that can promote and improve players’ chances of resurrecting careers which had fallen off track.

“These players have given a great deal to Caley Thistle but, by their ability and with help from this club, they have earned moves to bigger clubs and bigger contracts.

“This is what we do at Inverness. Players like Adam Rooney, now at Birmingham City, and David Davis, who has won a new three-year deal at Wolves following his six-month loan spell at Inverness, are illustrations of the positive environment we nurture here.

“It hurts to say goodbye but there is a welcome to be given to the next replacement. We’ve targeted several players but details of these potential signings cannot be divulged at this stage because of contractual privacy.”