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vincent signsJames Vincent signs new two year deal
Attacking midfielder James Vincent has given Caley Thistle a boost in the run up to the League Cup final by signing a new contract that will keep him in Inverness until May 2016.

The 24-year-old Englishman has shown exciting potential in his first season in the SPL and was due to become a free agent in May.

James has been courted strongly by another Scottish Premiership club but has turned down a pre-contract deal elsewhere to continue his career with Caley Jags.

130803 stmirren vincent 001Manager John Hughes said: ”I’m really delighted that James Vincent has put pen to paper and committed his future to us. That’s just the kind of good news we enjoy as we prepare for a hectic league programme in advance of facing Aberdeen in the final at Celtic Park.

"James is the type of player whose best has yet to come and we now look forward to him flourishing with us. It's another strong signal of the togetherness of our squad."

140202 hearts lcsemi vincent 001Club chairman Kenny Cameron, who has been negotiating with the player's agent, said: ”James weighed up his options -- and he certainly had options -- and has decided to stay at Caley Thistle. We have secured his services without overextending our football budget.

"It speaks volumes for the attitude of James, who is enjoying playing and training under John Hughes."

Vincent had a flying start to his Inverness career when he scored in a 3-0 win over St Mirren on the opening day of the season. He soon was a firm favourite with the fans until injury struck, keeping him out for three months.

140208 stranraer vincent 001But James has returned to great effect in recent weeks and Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is resuming his monitoring of the player, who is eligible to play for the country.

James commented: “I’m over the moon, happy to be here, happy to sort it all out and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m just looking to buckle down, work hard, play how I want to play and have success with the club.”

Vincent was only eight years old when he signed for Stockport County, joining their Academy system at 16 and making his first team debut at 18. The next season he netted his first senior goal in a 5-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil.

He racked up 79 appearances for Stockport, scoring thrice, before signing for Kidderminster Harriers in June 2011 and being called up by England's C team in August 2012.

After 69 appearances for the Harriers, scoring six goals, James turned down a new deal to come north and pen a one-year deal with Caley Thistle -- a stay which has now been significantly extended.

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