Revolving door swings into action at Bayview

Stephen Hughes twists past Andy Little.
Stephen Hughes twists past Andy Little.
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East Fife manager Gary Naysmith has set about moulding his own squad at Bayview - but admits it’s been a frustrating process.

The boss told the Mail as many as four or five new faces were lined up to arrive in Methil last week, only for those deals to either stall temporarily or collapse altogether.

However the boss has been busy, with Cedric Tuta, Alexis Dutot, Stephen Hughes and Michael Andrews leaving the club.

The manager said he’s hopeful on-loan Kilmarnock midfielder Gary Fisher will stay at Bayview and added that Hughes, who left for Dundee on Monday, had been made an offer to stay.

Naysmith said: “I’m trying hard to bring players in.

“If you’d asked me on Wednesday I’d have been confident about bringing in four or five, but it came to tea-time on Thursday and we only had a chance of bringing one of them.

“We’re trying to bring in players from Premier League clubs who are releasing them.

“We’re offering as good a deal as the clubs in the Championship, but lads want to stay full-time.

“We’re also limited as well in that where the players live they may not want to come to us.

“If you go past Airdrie you find that players don’t want to travel for the money we can pay.”

The manager said he was “hopeful” that a deal would be reached with Fisher.

Hughes, though, had been courting the interest of other clubs, and left for Dens Park earlier this week.

Naysmith said: “We made Stephen an offer which was on the table for four or five weeks.

“Financially, a really good offer for East Fife, but Stephen’s within his rights to see what was out there.

“He has an itching to get back to full-time football and you can’t blame people for that.”

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