Hey Joe! Raith joy as Cardle is snapped up

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ROVERS boss Grant Murray got his man on Tuesday when winger Joe Cardle committed himself to the Rovers for next season.

The former Dunfermline player joined the Stark’s Park club towards the end of last season after the Pars’ financial woes saw him leave East End.

And Cardle’s direct, attacking style clearly impressed not only the Stark’s Park faithful but also manager Murray who was keen to bring him back on board.

Speaking shortly after signing the winger, who has spent some time pre-season training with Raith, the boss said: “Joe came in towards the end of last season and did well for us.

“It was unfortunate for him with what happened at Dunfermline but it meant we were able to get him signed up.

“He’s a good player and I had a word with him about the possibility of him coming back and I’m delighted that he has.”

The Rovers were scheduled to return to match action last night when Sheffield United visited Stark’s.

The players will quickly be back in action when Pat Fenlon brings his Hibs side across the Forth for another game on Friday evening.

But the manager said his players are more that ready for the fitness test.

He said: “Everybody has come through training well.

“We’ve been back for a couple of weeks and done a lot and also had a game amongst ourselves.

“It’s been tough but every pre-season is.”

On Friday’s game between his side and Hibs, Murray said Fenlon’s men, who will play in Europa League action in a couple of weeks, will pose a tough test.

“Playing them is a good opportunity for us to really get our fitness up,” he said.

“It’ll be a difficult game but that’s something that will benefit us.”

The manager says he’s now pretty content with how his squad is shaping up and reckons that there is a good mix of youth and experience at Stark’s.