MEDIA speculation linking East Fife with the likes of Nacho Novo demonstrates the strides forward being taken by the Methil club.
That’s according to manager Willie Aitchison who paid tribute to the work being put in behind the scenes by managing director Lee Murray.
It’s been another busy week at Bayview with the Fifers confirming the re-signings of Scott Durie, Scott McBride and Paul Willis, along with the arrivals of striker Kevin Nade, younger brother of Christian, versatile defender Alexis Dutot and midfielder Ryan Stewart.
They join Craig Johnstone, Gary Thom, Jonny Stewart and Michael Andrews at Bayview.
Youngster Ross Brown has also been promoted to the senior squad.
The manager said the club is continuing to speak with players, and admits he’d be delighted if the Fifers pulled off the signing of former Rangers striker Novo.
Aitchison said: “What you’ll find is that the longer the pre-season goes on the more keen players are to get signed up with clubs.
“We’re speaking to players all the time and it’s a real compliment to Lee and what he’s doing that players like Nacho Novo are being spoken about.
“If something with Nacho Novo comes along then he would be welcome here.
“But there’s nothing official on that yet.”
Aitchison said Nade was “young, big and strong” and was somebody he knew from his time at Hearts.
Dutot was described as being primarily a central defender who can also play as a right back or holding midfielder.
As well as the new arrivals, the manager said he was delighted to welcome back the squad members from last year, including Durie.
He added: “Scott has a good pedigree and I’m delighted to have these guys at the club showing a real determination to push themselves forward.”