Double joy for new Raith signing

Kyle Benedictus in action for Alloa against Hibs last season. Pic: Greg Macvean

Kyle Benedictus in action for Alloa against Hibs last season. Pic: Greg Macvean

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Kyle Benedictus had double reason to celebrate after signing for Raith Rovers in the same week that he became a dad.

The 23-year-old’s son, Max, was born just days after the defender sealed a move to the Stark’s Park club.

Benedictus was released by Dundee after seven years at his home town club and the new father is relishing the chance of a fresh start in Kirkcaldy.

“We had a wee boy last week, and it’s our first one, so I’m over the moon,” he told the Press.

“It’s a double boost for me - having a son and signing for a new club.

“After leaving Dundee I was looking around for a new club with my agent, and a few clubs wanted to speak to us.

“But when I met Ray McKinnon I knew Raith was the place I wanted to be.

“I know a couple of boys he’s worked with before, and they all say he’s a great manager and his training is good.

“He’s a Dundee man as well, which is always a good thing!

“It was an easy decision in the end and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team mates for the first time on Monday.

“I was at Dundee for seven years but it was time for things to come to an end.

“It’s my first move to another full-time club so it will be different, but I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s a new challenge at a club that is going to go places in the next couple of years.”

Despite his age, Benedictus has good Championship experience, including a league winners medal with Dundee from season 2013-14.

He also spent the whole of last season on loan at Alloa, helping the club avoid relegation via the play-offs.

“I’ve been in the Championship for a few years so I’m hoping I can bring that experience to the club,” he said.

“It will be good having clubs like Rangers and Hibs in the league again next season.

“You want to be able to test yourself against two of the biggest clubs in Scotland.

“I’ve not come to Raith to sit in mid-table. We want to pushing for the play-offs at the top end.

“From speaking to Ray and seeing the boys we’ve got signed we’ve got a real opportunity to go for it.

“Hopefully we can get off to a good start and kick on from there.”

Benedictus is looking forward to linking up again with Alloa team mate Ryan McCord next season.

“He stays in Dundee as well so we’ll have a car school,” he said.

“It’s always good to share the journeys instead of travelling on your own.

“The two of us know a few boys at Raith so we’ll fit into the dressing room fine.”