Boss looking for the right blend

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A MIX of youth and experience could be the key to Division Two success this year, according to East Fife boss Gordon Durie.

The Methil side kicks off its 2012-13 campaign with a visit to Recreation Park on Saturday to face Alloa, and Durie reckons the newly promoted side are doing the right thing by filling their side with veterans and hopefuls.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, he said: “Going there on Saturday will be difficult for us because they did really well in Division Three last year.

“We’ve had them watched in the games they’ve already played and they are a very experienced side with some young players as well.

“I think that good mix is what you need in this division and that’s what we’re doing here as well.”

East Fife’s experience was added to on Saturday with the club confirming that trialist Collin Samuel had signed on a permanent deal.

The striker has represented Trinidad and Tobago at international level and has turned out for a host of Scottish senior clubs, including Dundee United, Falkirk and St Johnstone.

“Collin played against us last season for Arbroath and was impressive,” said the manager.

“We’ve had him in here for pre-season and he scored three goals in four games and then got another with the season starter at Peterhead.

“He’s very experienced and is a proven goalscorer, so is just what we need.

“It’s only a short-term contract at the moment but I’m hopeful we can come to an arrangement after that’s up.

“We’ve still got room for one or two more and I’m looking for a defender and a midfielder.

“That’s us with 16 signed players but we’ve also got the full-time young pros and I’m happy to use them if needed as well.”

With no game being played on Saturday because of last night’s (Tuesday) cup tie with Rangers, the manager took advantage of the free week to again work with his men.

“The boys came in on Saturday morning,” said Durie.

“We had a bit of a practice match and then worked over a few things to make sure we were ready for the Rangers game.”