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I will prove Mogga was wrong to freeze me out at Boro; Estonian hitman Tarmo desperate to make his mark with Caley Thistle.

Byline: ALASDAIR FRASER sport@dailyrecord.co.uk

TARMO KINK is planning to show Tony Mowbray he was wrong to wreck his last tilt at British football.

The Estonian was frozen out by the then Middlesbrough boss four years ago but is now on a mission to make his mark with Inverness Caley Thistle.

Kink's pedigree is undeniable, having played more than 80 times for his country and starred in the top leagues in Russia, Ukraine and Hungary.

But the versatile attacker admits his time on Teesside turned sour when Mowbray took charge in October 2010.

Despite a promising start the ex-Hibs and Celtic boss - now at Coventry - soon sidelined Kink and kept him on the Kink and kept him on the bench for months before bench for months before he quit Boro in February he quit Boro in February 2012 after four goals 2012 after four goals in 22 games. in 22 games.

Kink is still Kink is still frustrated by the frustrated by the memory of what memory of what might have been might have been in England. in England.

The 29-year-The 29-yearo l d from old from Ta l l in n , Ta l l in n , whose last whose last club was club was Hungary's Hungary's Kapsovari, Kapsovari, said: "My said: "My Middles-b r o u g h brough experience experience makes it makes it The problem. was easy to come back here and settle at Caley Thistle.

"I know what the lifestyle and training is like and what players want from the game because of my time at the Riverside. But I don't have good memories of how that spell ended.

"If the manager doesn't give you any game time how can it work out? With Mowbray I was on the bench for six months. I played about 10 minutes in January that season.

"If he didn't give me game Time how could I show myself? That was the problem.

"It was different in my first season there as Mowbray started to push me and I came up with goals and assists. It was okay but I felt I had better to "It was different in my first season there as Mowbray started to push me and I came up with goals and assists. It was okay but I felt I had better to come.

"In my second season I didn't really play at "In my second season I didn't really play at all.

"I'm not the first player for that to happen to. Sometimes these things happen. But it would be good to come here to the first player for that to happen to. Sometimes these things happen. But it would be good to come here to Inverness and show what I can do."

Kink impressed manager John Hughes while on trial but is short of match fitness having not played competitively since the summer.

His lay-off from the game was the consequence of rejecting moves to the top leagues in Romania and Bulgaria.

Kink said: "I've enjoyed it here which is why I have signed. The manager liked what he was seeing and the team is doing well in the league and the Cup so it's good to be part of it.

"Match fitness is much different from training fitness but I hope I can help the team right away. It was unfortunate to be without a club. In the summer there were choices but in places I didn't want to go to.

"I could have gone to Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia or Rapid Bucharest in Romania and had other offers too.

"The problem was there was no challenge that I liked. I wanted to go to a country like England, Germany or France. Scotland is a great opportunity for me."

Kink hopes to also use Caley Thistle as a springboard back into the international fold but his immediate aim is just to make a domestic impact. He added: "You need to focus on training but when you don't play you don't get selected for the national team. It's hard. They've changed the Estonia coach so it's difficult for anyone who hasn't played for six months.

"I could use this as a stepping stone for that, why not? But my focus right now is on Inverness. If the international team comes again it's a bonus.

"I just want to enjoy football again. I want to get that feeling That comes from winning games. That means getting goals and assists and pushing the team towards Europe. It will be hard but nothing comes easy in life."

Kink looks set to be involved " tonight in Caley Thistle's rescheduled Scottish Cup quarter-final. against Raith Rovers with Celtic or Dundee United. now awaiting Hughes's men in the semi-final.

Kink said: "The manager hasn't told me what role he has in mind for me and I understand that.

"It's not a case of 'welcome, my name is Kink - I will play wherever I want'. I need to respect the players, they have put in a huge amount of work, whereas I have just come in now until the end of the season.

"I like the style of football because Inverness are a passing team. That was one of the reasons I wanted to come because I heard they play great football."

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