Defender McKay signs contract extension at Raith Rovers

Raith Rovers defender Dave McKay has signed a one year extension to his contract.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 9:00 am
Dave McKay in action for Raith Rovers (Pic: Michael Gillen)

His current deal at Stark’s Park was due to expire this summer but the 22-year-old has put pen to paper to stay at the Kirkcaldy club for season 2021/22.

McKay has missed the whole of current season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, but the club have been encouraged by his recovery after he underwent a successful operation in August.

He has been taking part in running sessions and is on course to be fit for next season.

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Dave McKay signs a new contract with Raith Rovers boss John McGlynn

McKay was first signed for Rovers at the start of the 2016-17 season after coming through the youth system ranks at Hibs.

He spent a short period of time on loan at Montrose, and made his Rovers debut at the start of season 2016-17 in a pre-season friendly, making 25, 26 and 26 appearances over the course of the next three seasons playing mainly at centre back.

In his Rovers career to date McKay has made 79 appearances – 57 starts – and has scored three goals.

Manager John McGlynn said: “I feel I have to give the Board of Directors enormous credit for the way Raith Rovers look after all their players, not just Dave McKay.

"Dave got injured one year ago in February 2020 but due to the lockdown couldn’t get his operation until August – the club looked after Dave and made sure he got the operation as soon as possible.

"At the moment Dave is working hard on his rehab and will definitely be back for next season but once again the club have taken the initiative and offered Dave this contract now, rather than waiting until he is back playing.

"This gives Dave the reassurance that he doesn’t have to prove his fitness, he can continue his rehab with peace of mind knowing he has a contract and can take his time rather than rush back to convince everyone that he’s fit and able to play next season.

"When I spoke with Dave he was delighted the club had made him this offer even though he is still working hard to get back to fitness. He has also showed the club mutual respect by quickly agreeing to sign the contract offered.

"We look forward to working with Dave next season and hope that he can get game time right from the start of the season.”