Gaffer content with business

Allan Walker shields the ball from Leighton McIntosh as East Fife and Montrose clash earlier in the season.

Allan Walker shields the ball from Leighton McIntosh as East Fife and Montrose clash earlier in the season.

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Gary Naysmith says he’s pretty happy with the business the club managed to complete during the January transfer window.

The Fifers both added to the squad and let players leave during January, some on loan and some released from their contracts.

Joining were Jonathan Page, Julen Etxabeguren, Ola Adeyemo and Sean Dickson.

Boss Naysmith says he feels his squad is in a healthier state than it was at the turn of the year - and hasn’t ruled out adding more new faces.

He said: “We can still bring in one development loan and another two under 21 loan players.

“I’m still looking for a midfielder and I’m waiting on a couple of clubs to get back to me.

“But if we can’t get anybody else in then I’m really happy with what we have.

“I think the club has done a lot of good business.

“We managed to bring in some good quality, let some players go and freed up a bit of money which helps the club.”

Leaving the Fifers were Ross Campbell and Ewan Moyes, who both went to Montrose, while David Maskrey, Jamie Beaton, John McShane and Daryl Falconer all headed out on loan.

“We’re in a position now where we have a squad of 18 players with a lot more experience,” said the manager.

“If you look at the bench against Arbroath you had Scott Smith, Lewis Barr and Nathan Austin all included so it wasn’t just filled with young boys.

“Add to that Fraser Mullen who’ll be coming back and we have a stronger squad.

“I’m really looking to seeing Ola playing, he’s someone who I’ve been after for a while and he’s looking good.

“Hopefully he can get us the goals we’ve been needing.

“But it’s easy to say that, we need to get the results now.”

The Fifers were looking to do that last night (Tuesday) as the Mail went to press when they were scheduled to face Albion Rovers.

That match will quickly be followed up by a trip to face Montrose at the weekend.

East Fife know they can expect the games to come thick and fast following a series of postponements.

A scheduled Friday night friendly match with Dundee was also called off last week as Bayview struggled with a layer of frost.

“We’re getting used to it now,” said Naysmith.

“There was nothing we could do about it but what was frustrating is that we only managed to get 10 or 11 of the players in on Saturday to train.

“Some of them had agreed with their work to go in on Saturday so they could get the time off when it came to playing one of the midweek games we have coming up.

“We can do running but nothing replaces playing games for getting match fitness.”

The Fifers will be looking to start climbing the table once again when they travel to Montrose on Saturday.

With East Fife without a game at the weekend, the boss was able to run the rule over his opposition when they went down 4-1 at Queen’s Park.

“Queen’s Park went a couple of goals up but Montrose got one back with a pretty freak goal when the ball looped in from Ross Campbell.

“After that they really looked like they could make it 2-2, but Queen’s Park were able to get to 3-1 and then 4-1.

“They’ve brought in five or six players as well so have strengthened their side.”