Ray is the reason I signed for Rovers

Darren Petrie, in action for Ray McKinnon's Brechin two years ago, knocks the ball beyond Dunfermline goalkeeper Ryan Scully.

Darren Petrie, in action for Ray McKinnon's Brechin two years ago, knocks the ball beyond Dunfermline goalkeeper Ryan Scully.

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Raith Rovers signing Darren Petrie has revealed that it was the chance to team up with Ray McKinnon again that motivated his move to Raith Rovers.

Petrie played under the Raith boss in the Scotland Under 17 set-up and also during a loan spell at Brechin City two seasons ago.

After leaving Dundee United in the summer, the 19-year-old is looking forward to continuing his career under McKinnon.

“Ray was probably one of the biggest factors in me coming here,” Petrie told the Press.

“I really enjoyed my time at Brechin and thought he was brilliant so as soon as he gave me the phone call and I met up I thought it was right choice to come here.

“The way he sets up his teams is great, and the main thing for me was the way he handles players.

“Some managers in the past haven’t had that, but Ray is excellent at player management.”

Petrie has only been training with Rovers for a fortnight but he is already loving life at his new club.

“It’s been brilliant,” he said. “From first moment I got here, the lads were brilliant.

“Training has been quality as well.

“It’s been tough but you expect that from pre-season.

“We’ve had the ball every day as well, which is good, it gives you something to look forward to.”

Petrie was McKinnon’s first Raith signing and he hopes to do enough over the upcoming pre-season games to cement his place in the side.

“It’s not going to be easy as it’s a good group of lads and a really talented team as well,” he said.

“I just have to work hard in pre-season and hopefully do well in the games.

“My preferred position is centre midfield but I can play left back and centre-half as well.

“I don’t mind where I play here. It’s good to have a few positions in the locker in case someone gets injured.”

Petrie had been at Dundee United since he was 14 but he has Championship experience following a loan spell at Dumbarton last season.

“It’s going to be a tough league again but, personally, my aim would be top four.

“I just need to prove myself in this league now and see what happens after that.”