RAITH Rovers manager Grant Murray is preparing to play a game of chess as he looks to rebuild the team for next season.
His entire first team squad, with the exception of youngsters Reece Donaldson and Lewis Vaughan, are out of contract after the final game of the season in Livingston this Saturday.
Murray started initial discussions with the players this week, but with issues such as potential league reconstruction and Dunfermline’s survival likely to have an impact on the money he can spend, Murray is treading carefully.
“I’m in the process of letting the squad know the situation for next season,” he told the Press yesterday (Wednesday).
“The reality is, every team is sitting back and waiting to see what comes out of these league talks.
“We’re all hoping that something can come out of the meetings that is for the benefit of division one clubs.
“We want to improve and build on this season, but the situation at the moment is quite precarious.
“Clubs are playing a game of chess, and waiting to see who makes the first move.
“For me, it’s the first time I’ve been in this situation as manager and I want to make sure I get it right.”
Murray is keeping the details of his contract talks secret for now, however midfielder Stuart Anderson leaked via Twitter that he has been told to look for a new club next season.
“Once there is something to announce, it will be done through the club,” Murray said. “I’ve had discussions with Stuart but if he’s put something out on Twitter, there’s nothing I can do about that.”
Rovers travel to Livingston on Saturday for the last game of the season looking for their first win in eight against the West Lothian outfit.
“We want to go into the summer with that winning taste in our mouths,” he said. “Livingston are a team we should be looking to get better results against.”
Meanwhile, Rovers fans are voting for the first time on who they want to represent them in the board room.
Two fans have put themselves forward to be the supporters director representing the views of fans. Dave Wann, the current incumbent, and Allan Traynor, a project manager at an International Finance company will go head to head in the vote which closes on May 25.
Ballot papers will be sent out at the start of May to members of the Raith Supporters Trust, the Supporters Club and 200 Club