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Deas relishing step up in demands after sealing switch from Inverness


ROBBIE DEAS is determined to show he’s got what it takes to become a Premiershi­p player after joining Kilmarnock.

The 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Rugby Park outfit, having been linked with the Ayrshire side for some time.

The centre-back is Derek McInnes’ first signing of the summer, as he aims to reshape his first-team squad following surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth this term.

And Deas has revealed that it was the manager’s ambition which convinced him Killie were the right club for the next stage of his developmen­t.

“I fully understand the size of this club and the demands that will be placed on me as a player, so I’m excited about taking this step in my career,” Deas said upon making the move.

“It was inspiring to speak with the manager about his ambitions for the club and it became clear that

Kilmarnock would be a perfect fit for me.

“I’m determined to kick on and do my best for the manager and supporters over the next two years.”

Deas departed Inverness after their Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic on Saturday. He made over 100 appearance­s for the Highlander­s over a three-year period.

He came through the ranks at Parkhead, while also enjoying loan spells with Cowdenbeat­h and Alloa.

It comes just two days after Killie released 15 players, including those on loan from other clubs.

Club captain Alan Power departed after just one year back at Rugby Park, while ex-skipper Chris Stokes and Championsh­ip goalLoan winning hero Blair Alston were also moved on.

Scott Robinson, Dylan McGowan, Lee Hodson, and Callum Waters all also departed the club.

players including; Zach Hemming, Luke Chambers, Ben Chrisene, Ryan Alebiosu, Lewis Mayo, Jeriel Dorestt, Jordan Jones, and Christian Doidge returned to their respective parent clubs too.

Innes Cameron and Fraser

Murray have agreed to new deals ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, with the former penning a one-year extension and the latter signing on for a further two.

Ash Taylor, Sam Walker, Brad Lyons, Liam Polworth, Liam Donnelly and Jack Sanders have all been offered new terms.

There is no further update on their situations at this stage, as the club remains in discussion­s with each player ahead of pre-season.

 ?? ?? Saturday’s Scottish Cup final was Robbie Deas’ final match as an Inverness player
Saturday’s Scottish Cup final was Robbie Deas’ final match as an Inverness player

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