Andrew Shinnie says the decision to leave Inverness Caledonian Thistle for Birmingham City was not one he took lightly.

The 23-year old midfielder will join the Brum on a three-year deal in the summer when his Caley contract expires but he admits he will leave Inverness with a heavy heart.

"It was a difficult decision and I thought about staying another year, but this is a great opportunity for me," said Shinnie.

"I just thought at my age, I will be 24 in the summer, a three-year deal in a good league like the Championship was the right decision.

"I have always wanted to test myself down south and I have a good opportunity to do that next year.

"Birmingham have always shown a big interest in me and watched me 15 times this season. I think they wanted to do something in January but, while that didn't go through, they made it known they still wanted me.

"They are a big club with brilliant training facilities, a good stadium and a great manager so they sold it pretty well to me."

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