Date: 18th December 2015 at 6:51pm
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Unless Martin Ling sees the situation differently Miles Storey extending is his loan spell with Inverness Caledonian Thistle into the New Year, as John Hughes has said he’s hopeful will be the case, would seem a likely thing wouldn’t it?

Storey’s had loans with the likes of Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Newport in recent time and is on loan with Inverness until January but Caley boss Hughes has revealed he’s spoken to Swindon about an extension for the forward he says has been ‘absolutely outstanding’ since he arrived, telling the BBC.

‘We’ve been in contact with Swindon and hopefully we can keep him here. He’s done absolutely outstanding. He’s in a good place right at this moment.’

With his help Inverness has moved up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership with him not only scoring goals but providing assists with his, on the face of it, all round game impressing in Scotland.

Hughes admitted he too ‘a gamble’ on his when he brought him in but it’s one that’s paid off with it beneficial to all if he does stay with Inverness adding he wouldn’t rule this out becoming a permanent deal and not just an extended loan.

‘Hopefully he’s here after the Christmas window still plying his trade scoring goals. I wouldn’t like to think it works the other way and he goes back to Swindon and sits on his backside. He’s enjoying his football, he’s playing most weeks. Everyone’s benefited from that and, if we were to get him on a permanent basis, that’d be great.

‘We took the gamble, brought him up here. The agreement was all set in place and I don’t see why it should change for the second half of the season. If there’s an opportunity to go and buy him then that’s something that we might have to look at.’

Ling might take a different view to others but if he’s got a future at the County Ground it would be something of a surprise wouldn’t it? Doing a permanent deal might not be that straightforward though?