Fife future still Linn question?
BOBBY Linn has declared he’s played his last game for East Fife – but his manager has apparently not been told.
The popular striker posted some Tweets at the end of the season, indicating his days in the black and gold were over.
However, boss Gordon Durie said he was expecting to hear back from Linn this week on the offer of a new deal.
The Bayview manager is also hoping to hold on to another valued asset, Ryan Wallace, although full-time football may be where the top-scoring youngster is headed.
Four players have been released – Steve Hislop, Paul McQuade, Neil Janczyk and John Ovenstone.
Durie admitted in his first spell of management it was difficult to tell players they would not be part of the set-up, while wishing them all the best.
However, he added, they understood the way of the club and there had been no hard feelings at all.
Linn had Tweeted on the season’s final day, praising the friends he had made – and berating some on-line message board fans – but strongly hinting he’d played his final game.
Durie, however, told the Mail he had spoken to the player about the offer of new terms and, while he’d be delighted if Linn stayed, the 26-year-old wanted to keep his options open.
The boss said he hoped to get a response from the player this week.
The manager had also spoken with Ryan Wallace, amid a great deal of speculation about his future, after a fine personal season in which he hit over 20 goals in all competitions.
“We definitely want to keep him but, being realistic, we know there are a few clubs interested,” added Durie.
As the Mail reported last week, the build-up to next season has already begun and Durie’s assistants were out watching matches over the weekend in the search for potential new players.
Durie said the club was looking to bring in fresh faces in virtually all positions for next term and already had some early approaches in mind.
He would not be drawn on names – although fans have been wondering if exFifer Paul McManus might be in line for a return.
“A lot of players will be out of contract during the pre-season – we need to be patient and hopefully get the right ones in,” said the manager.
The squad is expected to begin training again in mid-June, while the only friendly game confirmed so far is with St Johnstone at Bayview on July 11.
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