Raith squad play a waiting game

1613045 SSFF raith cowden 'Grieg Spence keeps the ball in the corner and Thomas O'Brien at bay - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
1613045 SSFF raith cowden 'Grieg Spence keeps the ball in the corner and Thomas O'Brien at bay - Raith Rovers against Cowdenbeath FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
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RAITH Rovers players are still in the dark over whether the club intends to keep them next season.

The majority of the first team squad are out of contract in the summer, however none of the players have, as yet, been spoken to about signing new deals.

With uncertainty over league reconstruction, and the possibility of derby rivals Dunfermline being relegated, the Rovers board have yet to finalise budgets for next season.

It could be until after the play-off final on May 19 before player-manager Grant Murray, whose own two-year deal runs until the end of next season, has a firm budget to work with.

Midfielder Simon Mensing told the Press: “I’ve not been approached, and as far as I’m aware, all the boys are in the same boat.

“It’s understandable - that’s just the way football is at the moment.

“At this stage of the season things are up in the air. I’m just going to have to wait and see what comes up.”

Mensing signed for Raith in September after a proposed move to Stevenage collapsed, however he remains open to the idea of playing his football in England.

“It’s still something I’m hoping for, to be honest,” he said.

“I’m settled up here, but I wanted to go down south last summer for football reasons.

“I’m 30 now and it’s something I’ve always harboured. If the opporuntity came along I would seriously look at it.”

Mensing was speaking after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Firhill, which followed a disappointing home defeat to Cowdenbeath on Saturday.

“That’s been our trouble this season,” Mensing said.

“We’ve played well against the likes of Morton and Partick, and maybe not got the results we deserved against them.

“But when we’ve came up against the teams below us we’ve not put in the performance we’re capable of.

“We know where we need to be as a team. We’ve got a few more games left and we want to finish on a positive note.

“If we put in performances like we did on Tuesday night there’s no reason why we can’t.”

Player-boss Murray says that his out of contract stars should be out to impress him in the three games left.

“They should be because every player is out of contract,” he said. “You’re a football player and you’re paid to train and play football right until the end of the season.

“There’s still plenty to motivate the players.”

Raith travel to Hamilton this Saturday where a win will take them level on points with the fifth-placed home side.

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp