Raith keen to add another striker in transfer window

Mark Stewart goes for goal against Cowdenbeath. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Mark Stewart goes for goal against Cowdenbeath. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray is keen to add a striker to his squad in the January transfer window, the Press understands.

Murray has been casting an eye over potential loan signings, and took in Hamilton U20s 6-1 win over Dunfermline U20s on Tuesday.

Sources indicate he was likely watching young Hamilton striker Eamonn Brophy, who has scored 20 goals in the U20 league this season.

A number of lower league clubs are believed to be keen to loan the highly-rated 18-year-old with Raith now possibly among them.

There is room in the budget to bring a new player in, although chief executive Eric Drysdale stressed that money will only be spent on the right player.

“The manager is looking to add to his squad, but only if the right opportunity comes along,” he said.

“He’s not going to add to his squad for the sake of adding to it, because he has more than enough players.

“If someone was to become available that will increase the manager’s options in the right position then we’ll do our best to bring him in.”

Rovers are looking to the loan market for a forward, but with players also being released from clubs, a more permanent arrival is also a possibility.

Two players have also moved out of the exit door at Stark’s Park - one temporarily and the other permanent.

Defender Ross Perry has been released after his short-term contract expired this week, with manager Grant Murray deeming the player surplus to requirements.

“We brought Ross in at the start of the season because of the injury situation we had with centre-backs,” Murray explained.

“Luckily the chairman realised we were going to be short and came up with something to allow us to make a short term signing.

“Ross did a good job for us but we’re not a club that can have lots of cover in every position, so with the number of centre-backs we have, we felt it was the right move to let him go.”

Also, youth player David Bates (18), a centre-back, was loaned out to East Stirling last week and made his senior competitive debut in a 3-0 defeat to Montrose on Saturday.

“David has gone to East Stirling and we felt that move would give him a bit of experience,” Murray added.

“He’s been at the club over a year now and has been playing in the development league but this is a step up for him and one he’ll enjoy.

“He’ll go there and come back a stronger player.”

After four straight league defeats, Rovers have been buoyed by back-to-back wins against Falkirk and Cowdenbeath, and go into this Saturday’s home match against Queen of the South full of confidence.

“It should give everyone a boost,” Murray said.

“Players are always disappointed when they lose games so to bounce back with six points is great.

“That doesn’t say we’ll win the next game - it just means that we got back to what we’re capable of doing.

“We need to use it on Saturday because Queen of the South are sitting where they are in the league because they are a good side.

“It would be a massive three points for us but we’re taking nothing for granted just because we’ve won two games.

“We know how difficult this league is and how the results can go - everyone but Hearts are winning and losing games.”

Rovers have suffered two defeats at the hands of QOTS this season, but Murray added: “I wouldn’t say we’ve got a point to prove.

“They will say they deserved those two wins because they scored more goals than us.

“We’re just looking to maintain the performance levels of the last four weeks because that will give us a consistent team.”

Rovers are hopeful that a sickness bug that kept four players out of training on Tuesday will ease in time for Saturday’s game.