Double boost for Raith as two sign on

1710p054 raith qots 'Stephen Simmons and Joe Hamill - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1710p054 raith qots 'Stephen Simmons and Joe Hamill - Raith Rovers against Queen of the South at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers made a double signing swoop this week by retaining the services of one player, while welcoming a new addition the club.

Club captain Grant Murray (35) has put pen to paper on a new contract after accepting a wage cut to remain with the Kirkcaldy side.

And left-footed midfielder Joe Hamill (27) has joined from Second Division champions Livingston to link up with John McGlynn for a second time, having come through the youth ranks at Hearts under the current Raith boss.

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Hamill made 57 appearances for Hearts before moving to Leicester City in 2005. He returned to Scotland with Livingston a year later, and has spent recent loan spells at Queen of the South and Swedish side Ostersunds FK.

McGlynn is pleased to have captured a player he rates highly.

“He’s a right good football player,” he told SportsPress. “I worked with Joe when he came to Hearts at 14 and he’s a very skilful player.

“He’s got good technical ability and should add quality to our squad. He’s left footed but can also play anywhere across midfield, even at left back if required.

“Having worked with him before I know what I’m getting and he knows what he’s coming to.”

McGlynn is also pleased to have retained skipper Murray, who despite turning 36 in August, was handed a two-year contract.

“Forget his age,” McGlynn said. “He’s a consistent performer and has played more games than anyone at Raith Rovers over the last two seasons.

“He only missed 13 minutes during the whole of last season, having been taken off in one game with sore ribs. The season before he hardly missed a game as well. That gives me confidence that he’s far from finished.

“You just have to look at Davie Weir playing at the top level at 40 to show what can be achieved when you look after yourself.”

The double signing brings McGlynn’s squad up to 12 first team pros, but he revealed that there could be bolstered by bringing in players on loan.

“I don’t have much scope to sign anyone else, but I’ve got an agreement in principle to bring in one or two loan players from the SPL.

“It’s not 100 per cent done, but we’re hopeful we can have them in place for the start of the season.”