Take A Chance On Me
Updated Friday, 6th April 2007
One players misfortune can provide the chance for another to make a name for himself Will Stuart McCaffrey take his chance?
Stuart McCaffrey has been patiently waiting for a run in the Inverness first team. He gets his chance to stake his claim on Saturday in the game against Falkirk as soon to depart Darren Dods is suspended. Manager Charlie Christie is waiting for McCaffrey to sign the one year extension on offer and hopes the central defender to take his chance to be a regular starter next season. With Dods heading to Dundee United in the summer, Christie hopes the McCaffrey can turn in the performances which will see him once again become a firm fixture in the Inverness defence. He said: "We are very close to Stuart putting pen to paper on his contract. It is a year extension which we are both happy with and there will also be a contingency in there that once he hits a certain number of games then we will extend the contract. I have told him all along that he will get his chance and I am desperate for him to make the spot his own. Unfortunately for Stuart, when he has played relatively well, then the results have gone against the team. He will play this week though and it is up to him to take his opportunity."
Good time to shine
There is no guarantees in football for McCaffrey as Christie plans to sign another centre-back in the summer regardless of how he performs. Christie hopes to bring an established name to the Caledonian Stadium. He said: "I would like three top-quality players competing for two spots and I would regard Stuart and Grant Munro as being two top-quality players. I wouldn't like a back-up as such, but I would like a third player who will keep them on their toes and push them all the way."
Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett has been in contact with Celtic about the possibility of a loan from the Parkhead club. Christie said: "I know Graeme Bennett has spoken to Celtic about the possibility of taking one or two players on loan, but we haven't mentioned any actual names. We have got a very good relationship with Celtic and what brought it to the fore was the positive impact Jim O'Brien has made at Dunfermline. I think that John Kennedy is a very good player and reading his name being linked with Dundee United was the first thing that brought him to mind, but we have not taken it any further than that. It was interesting to see that John might go out on loan during the summer to a Scandinavian side and that might be a factor as well."
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