Boss cautious on winter transfers

Paul Willis
Paul Willis

BAYVIEW boss Billy Brown says he won’t be going mad at the January sales.

With the transfer window now open, the manager says he is looking to do some business – but only if the right player becomes available.

The club has already tied up Bobby Barr until the end of the season and Collin Samuel has also signed on.

Boss Brown revealed Paul Willis is another who has extended his term.

Willis was impressive during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Albion Rovers, appearing to start the game in a more forward role.

The manager said: “Paul went twice through on the ‘keeper and, if he’d taken one, I don’t think they’d have been able to get back into the game.

“He is a big lad, very athletic, and has played for us in various positions; I’ve got him for the rest of the season now.”

With regard to any further signings being made, the manager said: “We’ve got to make sure the players we bring in add something and are better than we alredy have.

“It’s all very well bringing in a young player from the SPL or First Division, but we don’t want to get them here and then realise they can’t play for us.”

The manager joked: “We’ve got quite a few players here as it is, but if Wayne Rooney or Lionel Messi become available, then I’m sure Sid Collumbine (East Fife chairman) will give me the money.”

East Fife wrapped up their first win in three games thanks to a Collin Samuel double against Albion.

The win sees the Fifers sitting in sixth position in the table, just three points adrift of the play-off spot.

This weekend, East Fife welcome on-form Brechin City to Bayview, with the visitors having racked up four wins on the trot.

However, boss Brown revealed an easing injury crisis at the club should see them go into the game with a healthy squad to select from.

He said: “Paul McManus isn’t far away from returning for us now.

“We have good quality here and I’ve said before that I really don’t think there’s anything in the teams, apart from maybe Queen of the South, so it’s still all to play for.”