Page keen to keep learning beside gaffer

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On-loan Jonathan Page is hoping player/manager Gary Naysmith can keep himself fit and beside him in the East Fife starting line-up.

For the centre half, currently with the Fifers from his parent club Dunfermline Athletic, reckons Naysmith’s experience next to him on the park is helping him come on leaps and bounds.

Naysmith revealed that Page was one of a number of players to have personal meetings with him during the week about their form.

The defender responded to the constructive criticism from his manager, helping his side to a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Albion Rovers on Saturday

The defender is enjoying life in Methil and is hoping that he can continue to be partnered in defence by his gaffer to help aid his development.

He said: “It’d great being at East Fife - if you ask any player all they care about is playing football.

“Everybody wants to play at the highest level possible but it’s all about getting out there at 3 o’clock on a Saturday.

“It’s the first time I’ve been at a club with a player/manager and I’m learning more from playing along with him.

“I’ve certainly found that I’m learning more from being beside him than under a standard manager.

“I’m enjoying it.”

Page won plaudits on Saturday for not only helping his side to a clean sheet, but keeping the normally troublesome John Gemmell quiet.

“He was their focal point and everything they seem to do goes through him,” said the defender.

“We needed to nullify him in order to go on and win the game.

“On another day we may have put one of our chances in and went on to get the three points.”