Raith add midfielder to squad

Raith player-manager Grant Murray
Raith player-manager Grant Murray

RAITH Rovers have snapped up Stuart Anderson on a six-month contract after the midfielder impressed as a second-half substitute in Tuesday night’s friendly against Ross County.

The 26-year-old, who had been on trial at Stark’s Park, becomes manager Grant Murray’s first signing.

He has agreed a part-time deal which will be reviewed at the end of the year.

Manager Murray told the Press: “We’re delighted to have him at the club. He showed up well on Tuesday night and will be a good addition to the squad.

Openings

“He’s a central midfielder who likes to spray passes around and we’ll be looking for him to create openings for our front players.”

Anderson, from Aberdeen, began his career as a trainee at Southampton. He’s also had spells at Blackpool, Ross County, Livingston and Peterhead. Last season he played with English Conference side Salisbury City and had a spell on loan at Eastbourne Borough.

He was one of two trialists to feature in the 1-1 draw against Ross County, with the manager looking at options to possibly add to his squad.

“They’ve been training with us, so it was good to get the chance to have a look at them in a game,” said Murray.

The Raith boss added: “It was our first game and I thought we did well. It was a good game between two sides who got the ball down and passed it.

“I was happy enough with the way things went. We’ve got a game under our belts and the players have got their fitness up, and now we can move on to the second game which will be another good test for us.”

Top opposition

Murray said the club had lined up some fantastic pre-season games against top opposition – Hearts this Saturday, Motherwell on Tuesday night and Dundee United on Saturday, July 21, all at Stark’s Park.

The match against Hearts is Laurie Ellis’ testimonial and will see the return of former boss John McGlynn, but Murray stressed it was also an important match in the build-up to the start of the season.

“It couldn’t have worked out better, with the previous manager bringing his new side to play us, and Laurie’s been a tremendous servant to the club and his testimonial is really deserved,” he said.

“We’ve got a good set of players who have worked very hard and given us 100 per cent in everything we’ve asked them to do, so we’re very pleased with them.

“It’s another big game and an opportunity for the team to go and test themselves again.”