DITCH the doom and gloom and get excited about Raith Rovers’ future.
That’s the message from key director, Turnbull Hutton, who along with fellow board members, is currently filling the void left by chairman on sabbatical, Dave Somerville.
Hutton, a long-standing board member of 11 years, believes too much has been made of the cut-backs at Stark’s Park, and is approaching the new season with a positive outlook.
“Far too much emphasis has been placed on cuts and the doom and gloom being spread,” Hutton told SportsPress.
“The squad needed freshened up, and the whole of Scottish football is facing cuts because there’s a depression on, and people don’t have the money to come to football.
“If the punters are not turning up clubs have to recognise that – that’s all that’s happened here. We’ve had to cut our cloth, but we should be moderately excited about next season.
“We’ve had the opportunity bring in new faces, and try something different. The manager and back-room staff are still here and we’ve got an established platform to build from. We should be able to put a decent team out.”
With manager John McGlynn’s first team squad trimmed for next season, youth players are set to be given a more active first team role.
But Hutton is keen to see the club’s investment in its Academy, which re-started in 2004 with two teams but has since grown to cover all age groups, reflected at first team level.
“There’s no point in running a youth system if players never come through,” he said. “The only disappointment of the last few years is that we’ve not really brought anyone through to the first team. If that’s forced on us by necessity, I can live with that.
“If they’ve been in our youth programme for a few years, we would hope they can come on for 20 minutes at the end of the match.
“In the year we won the second Division, Lee Bryce came on late and did a job. He even won us some crucial points.
“They won’t all be world-beaters but we’re hopeful one or two will flourish playing alongside the likes of Grant Murray. It’s a good opportunity for them, so we have to be optimistic.
“We’ve got the backbone of a team, throw in a couple of fresh faces, our best youths and the possibility of one or two loan players – you’ve got to be excited about that.”