Mensing happy to end up at Raith

Simon Mensing makes an interception - Raith Rovers v Airdrie . Pic: Tony Fimister
Simon Mensing makes an interception - Raith Rovers v Airdrie . Pic: Tony Fimister

SIMON Mensing insists he is delighted to be at Raith Rovers – despite failing to win a dream move south.

The 30-year-old was all set to sign for an unnamed English club last week, but the deal collapsed and he was quickly snapped up by Raith boss Grant Murray.

Mensing is now keen to put the disappointment behind him and be a success at Stark’s Park.

“I thought I had something arranged with a club down south,” he said.

“It was virtually all tied up but it fell through at the last minute.

“I’m disappointed it didn’t come about, obviously it wasn’t meant to be, but I’m more than happy to be at Raith and hopefully I can have a good season.

Challenge

“I wanted a new challenge down south, but there’s something new here and I’m looking forward to it.

“I spoke to Grant once or twice over the summer and he said that he was interested.

“He phoned again when the move to England broke down so I came in to training and a deal was done pretty quickly.

“I’m over the moon to join Raith and we’ve got off to a great start.”

Mensing made his Raith debut in the 2-0 win over Airdrie on Saturday, and picked up the sponsors’ man of the match award after an assured display.

“First and foremost it was a win, which was important,” he said.

“It’s a great result and on a personal note I’m delighted to get back playing.

“It’s been a pretty hard summer not knowing where the future lies so I’m delighted to get something tied up, and to start with a win.

“The clean sheet just makes it that little bit sweeter, and the man of the match award was just the icing on the cake.

“I said to the lads it will probably be my first and my last!”

Mensing spent preseason at Morton and even played for them as a trialist in the 1-1 draw with his former club Hamilton in August.

However, he admits he still has some catching up to do on his fitness.

“I kept myself ticking over at Morton but I’m still a bit short on match practice,” he said.

“Hopefully after a couple of games I’ll get back into the swing of things.

Tired

“I tired towards the end on Saturday – as I’m sure you could see – but I felt comfortable during the game.

“It was only in the last 10 or 15 minutes that I felt the legs a little bit more, which coincided with them knocking the ball over the top.”

Mensing has only been with his new team mates for a week but he is already convinced they can have a good season.

“They have made a good start to the season,” he said.

“You can see there’s goals in the team from all over the pitch so if we manage to keep them out at the back the boys have got a chance of winning games.

“Thistle are setting the pace at the moment but the main aim for us is to win as many games as possible.

“It’s still early days, but if we can continue to keep clean sheets, and score goals, there’s no reason why we can’t put a run together.”