Three out at Raith but more could follow

SSFF 1913067 livingston raith 'Grant Murray applauds the fans at the end - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston
SSFF 1913067 livingston raith 'Grant Murray applauds the fans at the end - Raith Rovers against Livingston FC at Almondvale, Livingston

RAITH Rovers released three players this week - but more could be heading for the Stark’s Park exit.

Eddie Malone, Joe Hamill and Stuart Anderson have all been told their contracts will not be renewed, while a question mark also hangs over the future of several other first team players.

The situation with striker Pat Clarke, who scored eight goals last term, has been left open, with no offer currently on the table for the 27-year-old. There is also doubt surrounding the future of club captain Allan Walker, who is the only player yet to speak to manager Grant Murray.

However, two of the club’s promising youngsters have had their contracts extended.

Goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw, who made a number of first team starts in the past season, has been handed a two-year deal, while midfielder Ross Callachan has extended his stay at Stark’s Park by a year.

The rest of the squad have all been made offers to stay, and are currently locked in talks, but with only Reece Donaldson and Lewis Vaughan tied down for next season, and funds tight, Murray faces a huge task of rebuilding the squad for next term.

However, the 37-year-old player-boss is not phased by the challenge.

“No matter the budget I’ve been given, I’ve been put in place to put a competitive team on the park, and that’s what I aim to do,” he said.

“We’ll be looking to retain a core of players from last season, and add a few new faces, to build on the potential that is already in the squad.

“If players decide they don’t want to re-sign, then there are plenty other players available, and we’re always looking.”

The Press understands that Rovers are one of a number of clubs who have offered a contract to freed Livingston midfielder Liam Fox (29), who scored a penalty against Rovers on the final day of the season on Saturday.

Murray is also on the look-out for a possible replacement for top scorer Brian Graham, who looks likely to leave the club and has been strongly linked with a move to Partick Thistle.

Retaining Joe Cardle is also high on the Raith manager’s agenda. “If there was a possibility we could keep Joe I’d love to have him in my team, but I won’t be the only manager interested,” Murray added.