Laidlaw’s glove affair with Raith

Ross Laidlaw in action for Raith Rovers in a match against Hamilton Accies last season
Ross Laidlaw in action for Raith Rovers in a match against Hamilton Accies last season
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ROSS Laidlaw hopes he can claim the number one jersey at Raith Rovers next season after signing a two-year deal to stay at the club.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper made 12 appearances for Rovers last season as back up to David McGurn and impressed fans with his assured performances.

Speaking at the launch of the club’s new home kit on Wednesday, Laidlaw said: “I enjoy it here so I was delighted at offer of two year deal.

“It gives me a chance to push for the number one jersey.

“I wasn’t expecting a two-year deal so it shows what they see in me.

“I hope I can repay the club by playing well for them.

“I’ve been told I will be given a chance to fight for the number jersey next season and I’m determined to get it.”

Laidlaw believes his run of games last season has helped improve his game.

“I think I kicked on this year by getting a lot of games,” he said.

“It improved my confidence a lot, and the manager has been different class.

“There’s not a lot of managers who would’ve played a 20-year-old goalkeeper.

“He showed faith in me, and I think I’ve done well for him.”

Laidlaw is now in his fifth season at Raith having joined the youth academy as a 15-year-old.

“I wasn’t really enjoying my football before I came here,” he said.

“I played with Falkirk and Livingston and didn’t really enjoy it, but everything’s been really good here.

“The facilities and coaches are first class and that’s why boys are starting to come through the youth system now.”