Rooney to decide on Caley Thistle future within days

Adam Rooney
Rooney has scored 21 goals this season

Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Adam Rooney will have talks with Terry Butcher in the next few days before deciding whether to stay with the club.

Rooney has scored 21 goals this season to help his side to a seventh-place finish in the Scottish Premier League.

The striker, 23, is available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer and is assessing his options.

"I'm going to have a good think about it and hopefully decide in the next couple of days", he said.

"I'm hoping to speak to the gaffer. I've really enjoyed my time here so far.

"Obviously I have to sit down and see what my options are but I've really enjoyed my three years here. I can't say a bad word about the place", Rooney added.

Caley Thistle manager Butcher is keen to see Rooney commit his future to the club but is aware that a lack of finances may well see the player look elsewhere.

He told BBC Radio Scotland: "We cannot afford to pay the money that some of these clubs will offer him, we know that.

"He's a Bosman, so therefore there's no transfer money and that could be used to go into his wages.

"What we can offer him is that on the pitch he's playing with mates and players that know him very well, respect him and like him. The supporters love him, we love him here."

Butcher concedes that other clubs will have taken note of Rooney's excellent form this season and may well be planning to move for the Irishman.

"He's a valuable player to us and he's done massively well. If people are not aware of Adam Rooney by now then they never will be.

"From a football point of view, another year here would help him enormously.

"After the Hamilton game he'll sit down with his family and friends and have a look [at his future]," the Inverness boss commented.