Fox on hunt for new challenge

Liam Fox in action for Livingston against Raith Rovers last season

Liam Fox in action for Livingston against Raith Rovers last season

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NEW Raith Rovers signing Liam Fox is looking forward to a fresh challenge after ending a seven-year spell at Livingston.

Central midfielder Fox (29) put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Stark’s Park last week after turning down interest from elsewhere.

“I’m delighted to get on board and I’m looking forward to the start of preseason training,” he told the Press.

“I had a couple of options but Grant Murray and Paul Smith made it very clear that they were keen for me to join, and if you ask any footballer, to be wanted is a massive thing.

“The way football is just now, there’s so many good players out of contract with no clubs, so it was great that Raith showed an interest early on.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start working with the boys and management team, and hopefully I can kick on.”

Fox started his career in the youth set-up at Hearts, and had a spell at Inverness Caley, but Livingston has been his home since 2006.

He played 185 times for the West Lothian club, who marked his seven years service with a pre-match presentation, ironically against Raith, on the final day of the season.

“Livingston was a big part of my career - and my life,” he said.

“I got married, bought my first house and had my wee girl while I was there.

“But that’s finished now and I’m looking forward to starting afresh at Raith.

“There’s always a wee bit nerves about starting a new job in any walk of life.

“But I know Dougie Hill and I was with Jason Thomson at Hearts, which always helps.

“I’m excited about the move and that’s a good feeling to have ahead of a new
season.

“This is the most I’ve looked forward to a preseason for about four or five years.”

Meanwhile, striker Greig Spence has also agreed on a return to the club for a further season.

Spence, who turns 21 in July, scored 13 goals for Raith last season and is a popular figure among the fans.

“The gaffer has good intentions for this year so I was delighted to sign on again,” he said.

“Last season we played good attacking football and that suited the strikers.

“It took me time to break into the team but once I did I managed to chip in with goals.

“The fans got behind me as well and they gave me the extra bit confidence that you need at times.

“It’s refreshing to feel wanted and hopefully that can help my football.”

Spence will link up with new signing Calum Elliot after losing last season’s strike partner Brian Graham to Dundee United.

“It’s a good thing that Brian got his move,” Spence added.

“It shows that if you have a good season in the First Diviison you can end up in the SPL.

“I’ll use him as motivation. I’ll be looking to start the season with a bang.”