The development of our players is paramount

Kevin Nade and Emmanuel Semedo congratulate goalscorer Jonny Stewart.
Kevin Nade and Emmanuel Semedo congratulate goalscorer Jonny Stewart.

EAST Fife boss Willie Aitchison won’t let the club become a short term springboard for players to put themselves in the shop window.

The manager revealed that footballers have been in touch with the club looking to showcase their skills - particularly with Wolverhampton Wanderers due to visit Bayview tonight (Wednesday).

But the manager told the Mail following Saturday’s pre-season friendly draw with Alloa that any player coming in to Bayview must be willing to buy in to the club’s player development ambitions.

The manager said: “It’s a time thing now.

“What we’ve got be careful of is that we don’t bring guys in just for them to have a game.

“There are a lot of guys interested in coming and playing against Wolves but, with no disrespect to them, probably because of the show factor.

“We’ve got to concentrate on our boys and the development of our boys.

“The players who come along have to come along and play under the development programme that we’re trying to put into place at East Fife.

“That’s our main concern, not the particular friendly, it’s fantastic to have Wolves and it will be a huge test for the boys, but the priority has to be for the development of the squad and not any individual player.”

The Fifers got off to a promising start at Recreation Park on Saturday with a Jonny Stewart second half strike ensuring a well deserved draw against the Division One new boys.

The manager continued his squad re-building this week by securing Liam Gormley’s return to the club.

Before Saturday’s game against the Wasps the club also signed Alexis Dutot’s former team-mate, Emmanuel Semedo.

The Fifers face Wolves at Bayview tonight with trialists Ismael Bouzid, Adam Bouzid and former Kaiserslautern player Aimen Demai to feature.