Inverness are set to offer Adam Rooney a new contract after maintaining his fine goalscoring form.
The 22-year-old striker struggled in his first season in the Scottish Premier League in 2008/09, scoring five goals in 30 appearances as Caley were relegated after finishing bottom.
But the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international hit 26 goals last season to steer Caley to the First Division title and has carried that form into the new campaign.
Rooney has already scored five goals in five games this season and manager Terry Butcher is looking to agree an extension with the former Stoke trainee as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season.
"We'll be sitting down with Adam to discuss a longer contract and the progress he has made at this club is something that should weigh in his favour," he said.
"He's a vastly improved player from his form when he was in and out of the side in our last SPL campaign.
"Getting regular games has enabled Adam to learn and progress and he has started this season where he left off last May.
"Moving on to somewhere he might not get a regular game could be a setback to Adam's development.
"He enjoys it here, he knows the players and the system, and he appreciates that he's a key player. I think he could be even better in a season or two."
Inverness face Hearts at home on Saturday looking to build on last week's 1-1 draw at Hibernian, when Rooney equalised with a late penalty.
Saturday's game will be televised live and Butcher revealed his players are relishing the chance to showcase their talents.
"It's nice when you get live television games, they boys love it and the build-up to the game is always different to any other game," he said.
"Even the cameras filming the training makes the lads step it up and gives them an extra spring in their step."