Naysmith signs on at East Fife

Gary Naysmith, seen here playing for Scotland against Germany, has signed on at East Fife.

Gary Naysmith, seen here playing for Scotland against Germany, has signed on at East Fife.

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East Fife have swooped to bring free agent Gary Naysmith to Bayview

The former Hearts defender signed on during Wednesday with the Methil side and will go straight into Saturday’s squad to face Arbroath.

East Fife managing director Lee Murray revealed that a former Scotland colleague of Naysmith tipped the Bayview men off about the left back’s availability.

Mr Murray told the Mail: “We spoke with Willie Aitchison about what he still wanted.

“He came back and told us that he was still looking for a left back as the plan is to push Craig Johnstone a little further up the park, so we put the feelers out.

“We had spoken to David Weir over pre-season about a friendly with Sheffield United and then he got back in touch to say that Gary, who had been training with them, was still a free agent.”

Naysmith has most recently been training with Hearts but due to their transfer embargo cannot sign with the Tynecastle club.

“I got his number and gave him a phone and we had a chat about him coming here,” said Mr Murray.

“He met with Willie because the two of them don’t live far from each other and they had a discussion for a couple of hours.

“Then we got him through to Bayview and showed him about the place.

“He’s not played at this level so I don’t think he really knew what to expect but it’s very much about just getting him on board and let’s see where it takes us.”

Mr Murray added: “To bring in a defender of Gary’s international experience to East Fife shows the ambition that we have.”