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mckayStriker Billy McKay has agreed a new two year deal with Caley Thistle -- but defender Thomas Piermayr has flagged up that he wants to move to Germany to play next season.

Manager Terry Butcher has also revealed that he has had discussions defenders Kenny Gillet and Ross Tokely and Welsh international midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, who are all out of contract shortly. Butcher has agreed to give them more time to come to a decision on the contract offers tabled by the club.

Former Leicester City youth signing McKay joined Caley Jags last summer after two years with Northampton in which he scored 16 goals in 58 appearances, including the winner against Liverpool in the Carling Cup. In April he scored twice in Caley Jags' 4-3 defeat at Kilmarnock.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland has had talks with Butcher, who announces: "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 internationalist 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 Terry.

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

The manager added: "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 ICTFC. 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."

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