Newport County captain Gary Warren has signed on with Inverness on a one-year deal. The defender put pen to paper after arriving in the Highlands earlier this week and is now relishing the challenge of playing in the top flight of Scottish football. Warren said: "I'm thrilled the waiting is over and that I've finally signed for Caley Thistle. My girlfriend and I came up on Monday and were impressed by the city and the spectacular scenery. It has been good to talk things over with Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas about the preparations for the new season. The SPL is a thrilling new challenge for me and I'm looking forward to our opening game at St Mirren. And, of course, we're at home to champions Celtic in the fourth game of the season. I can play anywhere in defence but I prefer centre-half. I've enjoyed physical battles with traditional centre forwards, like Kevin Davies of Bolton Wanderers and Kenwyne Jones of Stoke City. Those are the types of duels I relish." Manager Butcher said: "I'm delighted that Gary is now our player. It's good to land a player of his quality on freedom of contract and I'm confident he'll make an impact with us."