I’ll use my experience to help Raith improve says new keeper

Kevin Cuthbert
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Cuthbert happy to stay in the Championship

Raith’s new goalkeeper is looking to use his experience to help the team improve on last season’s league placing.

Kevin Cuthbert joins the Rovers from Hamilton and says he determined to help the Stark’s Park side move up the table.

The 31-year-old previously spent 10 years at his home town team St Johnstone. Spells at Morton and Ayr United followed before Cuthbert went to Hamilton where he went out on a high; saving two penalties in the shoot out which saw the Accies promoted to the SPFL and Hibs relegated.

Despite a new contract offer to play in the top league the 6ft 1in keeper says he has no qualms about staying in the Championship.

“I spoke to the manager and the chairman at the end of the season and I decided it was time to move on.

“Stepping down a league was my decision . I weighed everything up over the summer. I’ve got a family to look after and I made sure to put them first and now I’m really happy to be here.”

Cuthbert says the prospect of joining up with a former team mate was a big part of his decision to come to Kirkcaldy.

“I knew the manager from when we played together at St Johnstone 10 years ago, so I know exactly what his ethos is in terms of his work rate as a player and I was keen to come and work with him.

“I also wanted to give myself a new challenge. Raith had a good season winning the Ramsdens Cup, the league form could have been better, so I’m here to try and help sort that. Maybe we can finish a bit higher in the league and use my experience and hopefully make the team better.

“At Hamilton there were a lot of younger boys just starting out in their careers but here they’re in their mid-20s and have experience of playing at other clubs, so we’ll be an experienced team.”

Whilst admitting that pre-season results could have been better, Cuthbert says that he’s not too worried.

“It’s all about fitness and conditioning. It was good to get my debut and although it can be difficult when you lose a few games you’ve got to be strong mentally and make sure that doesn’t affect you when the season starts.”

With the prospect of playing in a Fife derby in his first competitive match, Cuthbert knows that there will be stiff competition for the number one jersey.

“David McGurn has come back from injury and Ross Laidlaw played in pre-season so there are three goalies here. “I’m here to try and do the best that I can to help the team and if I’m on the pitch I want to try and win every game.

“I want to bring all my experience into this team now.’’