Manager Terry Butcher has set a May 31 deadline for players who have been offered new contracts to make up their minds.
And he makes it clear that he and right hand man Maurice Malpas have worked hard for the past two to three months in drawing up a list of potential new recruits who fit into Caley Thistle's restricted budget.
Players-- including Jonny Hayes, Ross Tokely, Gregory Tade, Thomas Piermayr, Billy MacKay and Owain Tudur Jones -- who have been taking time to consider the new deals tabled to them are being given the message that the club cannot wait indefinitely.
Butcher told the website:"We've made what we think are decent offers in a challenging financial environment. We're waiting for replies. It's understandable that players needed time to make a decision.
"But we have the live possiblity of bringing in new players and we're keen to finalise the squad much earlier than we managed to do last season.
"We have nine players already signed up for the 2012-13 campaign and we have new faces in mind. May 31 is the cutoff point for the new contracts for players who were with us this season. I hope they will come back to me by that date and let me know where they stand. It would be nice if most of them decide to stay but it's their choice.
"Once that happens, we will know where we are in terms of squad numbers and can make progress on bringing players in. We've been advanced in doing our detailed homework this time and we have prospective new players earmarked.
"We're looking at new faces for quite a few sections of the team but it depends whether players in those positions re-sign for us."
Gregory Tade has been approached by SPL rivals St Johnstone but Butcher praises the Perth club for the way they have gone about their interest in the former Raith Rovers striker.
"Saints informed us they would be speaking to Tade and we appreciate their courtesy, it was a nice gesture", said Terry. "We've made our offer to the big fellow and it's now up to him."