Striker seals deal at Raith

2912050 SSFF raith well '- Greig Spence shoots for goal - Raith Rovers against Motherwell FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
2912050 SSFF raith well '- Greig Spence shoots for goal - Raith Rovers against Motherwell FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers made their latest – and possibly last – summer signing yesterday (Wednesday).

Manager Grant Murray has finalised a deal for striker Greig Spence, who has featured as a trialist in pre-season friendlies.

Born in Dunfermline, Spence started his career at Alloa, breaking into their first-team at the age of 15, before being signed by Celtic in 2009.

He spent last season on loan at Hamilton, scoring five goals in 29 appearances, and was subsequently released by Celtic in May.

With funds tight, Murray admitted that the 20-year-old will likely be the club’s final new recruit ahead of the new season.

“We’ve spoken to Greig and told him that we’d love to have him at the club,” Murray said.

Sharp

“He’s been here since day one of pre-season so he’s looking fit and sharp, and he will give us a different option.

“There is room in the budget to bring in one more player, and we’ve made the offer to Greig.

“He’s enjoying being at the club and we’re happy with the way he has conducted himself, and his performances in games.”

Murray has been pleased with his team’s displays in pre-season games, which have all been against SPL opposition.

“It’s great from our point of view to play these friendlies,” he said. “It’s great experience for us and makes us work even harder.”

Rovers latest friendly saw them come from behind to claim a 1-1 draw with Champions League bound Motherwell on Tuesday night.

“The boys went out and put in another good performance,” Murray said. “We tried to get the ball down and knock it about.

Chances

“We went a goal down from a corner kick, which was disappointing, but the lads bounced back, got an equaliser, and had a couple of chances to win it in the end.

“We finished the match strongly, which was very pleasing.”

Rovers welcome another SPL outfit, Dundee United, to Stark’s Park on Saturday, before Tuesday’s trip to Alloa completes the pre-season calender.

Then it’s onto the first competitive match under the new manager – a marathon journey north to Highland League club Wick Academy for a Ramsdens Cup tie.

Murray is looking forward to combining his roles as player and manager for the forthcoming campaign.

“I’ve had the role of captain over the last few years so I’ve had to be vocal and give instructions on the pitch - so that won’t change,” he said.