Louis Laing is confident he can help Inverness escape relegation danger after joining the Highlanders.
The English defender is set to make his debut against Hearts at Tynecastle with Gary Warren and Brad McKay both suspended and Josh Meekings out after knee surgery.
Laing spent the first half of the season on loan at Sky Bet League Two strugglers Notts County before leaving Motherwell just before the transfer window closed, and he had no fears about joining the Ladbrokes Premiership bottom club.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” the 23-year-old said. “Coming from Motherwell where I wasn’t going to be playing, I jumped at the chance to come here. Especially being a free agent and not having a club.
“Inverness is a big club and I feel like there’s a great opportunity to get out of the position we’re in.
“I feel I can help do that and I’m totally positive about being here.
“I’m really pleasantly surprised about the team’s spirit. All the lads are really nice and they’ve made me feel welcome already. There’s no negatives at all for me.”
Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran revealed Laing had agreed to sign after a move to Australia fell through.
Laing said: “I don’t really want to go into specifics, but I had a couple of different things abroad and a few things in England as well.
“But I’m here and I’m really happy to be here, and I’d like to think I can help get the squad get out of the position they’re in.
“I spoke to the manager and he’s really positive about the whole situation. You know what it’s like, you win one game and you’re back in the fold.
“I think that’s all we need at the minute, to win a game, then our confidence will rise and we will be all right.”
Laing has played at right-back recently and was also identified as a potential midfielder by Motherwell boss Mark McGhee.
But he said: “I’m a centre-half. I can slip into midfield when needed, but I’ve come here as a centre half to defend and stop goals.
“That’s maybe one of the weaknesses, conceding too many weak goals. I feel like I can slip in and strengthen the whole back four.”
Laing has signed until the end of the season but would not rule out a longer stay.
“Anything could happen in football,” he said. “It’s early days, so I really don’t know where I’ll be in the summer.
“The main thing now is to get to the end of the season and stay up. We need to get as many wins as possible.”