Raith close in on new signings

3311081 SSFF raith headshots 'Paul Smith - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
3311081 SSFF raith headshots 'Paul Smith - Raith Rovers individual head shots - at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers are in talks to bring up to four new players to the club.

With manager John McGlynn on holiday in America until Saturday, assistant-boss Paul Smith has taken on the role of speaking to signing targets.

He lost out on the signature of longest-serving player Iain Davidson, who ended eight years at Stark’s Park to sign for Dundee this week.

However, the Raith number two is hopeful that new faces can be added to the squad in time for the start of pre-season training next Thursday.

“We’d like to bring in three or four players in depending on the financial situation,” Smith told the Press.

“The number we bring in will depend on what can be done in terms of part-time or full-time deals.

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“We’ve identified the players we want - midfield players and a striker - but a couple of them are on holiday just now.

“Once everyone is back we’ll sit down and look to tie things up.”

Smith was due to meet a signing target last night (Wednesday) so at least one deal could be rubber-stamped before the weekend.

A priority for the Raith management team is to find a replacement for Davidson.

“We’re obviously disappointed to lose Davo,” Smith said.

“As he said himself the club made a fanstastic offer to keep him, but it didn’t come down to finances in the end.

“He was keen to try something new. It’s a blow, but we lost big players last summer and we just got on with it.

“It’s an opportunity for someone like Ross Callachan to come in during pre-season games and stake a claim for a place in midfield.”

Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the Ramsdens Cup was made this week, landing Rovers with a nightmare journey north to face Highland League side Wick Academy on July 28.