Gary Commits His Future to Caley Jags
Caley Thistle's commanding centre half Gary Warren has signed a new three year deal for the club.
The powerful Englishman, who has been a real leader on the pitch in his two years in Inverness, had another year remaining on his existing contract but has now penned an extension through to May 2017.
Warren, who is 29, made 40 first team appearances last season, 78 in total since joining the club scoring nine goals from his centre back position.
Manager John Hughes said: ”Gary is a fine player and a great type to have at the club so I'm very pleased that he has committed himself to us going forward.
"This is an important step towards the continuity and stability of our squad which I'm seeking."
Gary said: ”I’m delighted to have sat down with Manager and Chairman to agree and completed the new contract.
"I've really enjoyed living in Inverness and playing at the top level. Playing for this club is a real privilege, I have never been at a club before that embraces and engages with the community as we do at ICTFC. We may be small in numbers in comparison to other clubs but we have something special from top to bottom.
"Finishing in the top five two seasons running is quite an achievement and we're looking to build on that, we will always look for continual improvement that’s just the way we are at the club. I am keen to start my coaching badges and have discussed and agreed this with the Chairman and John as I see this adding a further dimension to my game and I am keen to help and assist the club in any way I can."
Kenny Cameron commented: “I know that Gary is settled in the Highlands and he is our type of player, a warrior and leader. Having him commit his long term future to the club is a boost for all of us. Agreeing to get Gary on to his coaching badges was also an easy decision to make as we see that as the way forward for the club in the longer term. Gary will be joining Richie Foran and perhaps one or two others in seeking to attain their coaching badges something we see as mutually beneficial to both player and club.”
Gary was captain of Newport County for three years including leading them out at Wembley for the 2012 FA Trophy final when they lost to York City. He also skippered the British side in the 2011 World University Games final in China in front of 30,000 fans.
Newport offered him a further contract two summers ago but Gary took the bold step of trying his luck in the Highlands -- and it has paid off for player and club.