Midfield role will get the best out of Campbell

Steven Campbell
Steven Campbell

Gary Naysmith says he expects Stevie Campbell to flourish in a new role further up the park.

After completing the signing of defender Jonathan Page from Dunfermline, the manager is now spoiled for choice at the back.

And Naysmith says he sees Page’s recruitment as an ideal opportunity to move club captain Campbell into midfield.

The gaffer said: “Putting Steven Campbell in midfield gives us something a bit different.

“He’s one of the best players we have with the ball on the deck but, with him playing at centre half, he doesn’t really get the chance to show that.

“He’s just a player who is so comfortable on the ball but will also give us a bit of presence in that area as well.”

Naysmith is glad to once again welcome Page back to the club, saying that on-field fortunes reversed when he returned to the Pars after his original loan spell.

“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the wee undefeated run we went on was after he came to the club,” said the manager.

“Then, after he left, we started losing games.

“He’s a very good defender and we have a lot of cover in that position now.”

At the weekend the Fifers will welcome East Stirling shire to Bayview.

“We had an hour’s training with the lads on Saturday morning and then myself and Dougie Anderson went to watch them play Annan,” said the manager.

“They were very unlucky to lose that game and I’d say were the better team.

“One of their players got sent off but they still tried to take the game to Annan.”

The manager and Scott Smith were both expected to play some part in a friendly with Kelty on Tuesday night as we went to press.