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Inverness Caley boss Brewster defends Niculae wages

Inverness Caley Thistle boss Craig Brewster has warned his contract rebels to ignore the salary paid to star striker Marius Niculae.

Dennis Wyness, Russell Duncan and Ross Tokeley are still negotiating new deals to stay at the Caledonian Stadium and Brewster has urged them to pay no attention to the Romanian's bumper pay packet.

Brewster said: "I take quite a hands on role in the contract talks and everyone wants to get the best deals for themselves.

"They are realistic, as are we and I would like to give them everything they want, but this club has always had a similar structure between players when it comes to contracts.

"Marius Niculae coming in last year broke the structure slightly.

"But the chairman picks up most of his salary and there is still parity between the rest of the players.

"They are important players and, although I have let the contract talks go past January, sometimes when players are playing for contracts they perform even better.

"They have been at the club for a number of years and they are part of the stability of the club which has built up. They are also part of the reason why the club has done well."

Brewster believes he is close to striking deals with the trio, who are out of contract in the summer.

"We are very close with Ross and I spoke to Russell Duncan's agent again yesterday to try to thrash out a deal. Our director of football Graeme Bennett has been dealing with Dennis Wyness' agent."

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