COMPETITION for places at East Fife looks set to be tough next term with boss John Robertson announcing the signings of four new players.
The Fifers were back in for pre-season training on Saturday as gaffer Robertson looks to prepare his side for a 2011-12 season promotion charge.
And making up the numbers will be former Fifer Andrew Cook along with left midfielder Darren Smith, forward Scott Dalziel and centre-half David White.
Speaking on the side’s return to training, Robertson said: “We decided to get them in nice and early this pre-season to get all the running out of the way.
“A lot of teams use the pre-season games to do that, but I want to use those games for working on different tactics, because this is going to be a big season for us and we want to improve.
“It was a tough session at the track at Buckhaven High School; one or two of them did really well and one or two struggled.”
Of his new signings, the manager said he wanted to create a real sense of competition across the board, and it’s with this in mind he added these particular players to the blend.
He said: “Andrew Cook has been here before and can play at right back or left back. David White has been really unlucky with injuries and it was also a bit unfortunate for him that Brechin had two of the best centre-backs in the league last season.
“They’ll both bring real competition.
“Darren Smith is a midfielder, and when you look at what we have in that area now, with Bobby Linn, Lloyd Young, Robert Sloan, David Muir, Darren Smith and Craig Johnstone - any four of those could play and two will be disappointed, but that’s the competition we’re looking for.
“Scott Dalziel is only 25 and myself and Gordon Durie will look to improve him.
“He’s a bit like Gordon, in that he’s quick and strong and will be a good foil.”