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Caley signing McDonald keen to avoid Dargo comparisons

Dean McDonald is keen to avoid comparisons with Craig Dargo after signing a two-year deal with Inverness Caley this week.

The 21-year-old former Arsenal youth player has signed a two-year contract with the option for a third year. The Highland club agreed to pay a nominal fee to Gillingham in compensation to secure the move and the attacker admitted he is now desperate to break into Charlie Christie's first team.

"The club are now well established in Scotland's top flight and it is a great platform to show everyone what I can do," said the Peckham-born player. "I have only ever played football in England but I felt it was the right time for a change in my career. I had another couple of offers but I felt it was the best move for me personally."

"Obviously there are going to be comparisons made between myself and Craig Dargo and I am very aware of the impact he made here and the amount of goals he scored speak for themselves.

"But I feel I am a different type of player to him and I wouldn't class myself as an out-and-out goalscorer. I am a creative player, but I do think I have a good eye for goal."

He added: "One of the things that really impressed me when I spoke to Charlie Christie and Graeme Bennett at Caley Thistle was that they knew what they wanted and felt I fitted the bill.

"It's now up to me to try and show that they were right to give me this great opportunity in my career."

Christie is certain McDonald can bring something different to the Highland club and said: "We wanted someone who would add quality and a specific type of quality to the squad and we are very hopeful Dean will do just that.

"I spoke to a few people regarding Dean and they all certainly thought we fitted the bill for the type of player we were after. We were looking for a player who would take the ball into his feet and be creative around the box and hopefully Dean will give us that."

Christie also revealed that discussions with Marius Nicolae, the Romania international striker, are ongoing but added: "The biggest stumbling block may be financial restraints."

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