Durie’s still out on Fife trialists

East Fife trialist Andy King in action against Hibs.
East Fife trialist Andy King in action against Hibs.

BAYVIEW’S band of trialists are expected to hear if they’ve done enough to win a permanent deal soon.

Boss Gordon Durie has invited several players down to Methil to take part in pre-season training, including veteran professionals and quality junior stars.

But with the season due to start in under a fortnight with a Ramsdens Cup visit to Peterhead, the manager says he’s now turning his attention to sorting out the futures of his hopefuls.

Speaking after Saturday’s 2-0 friendly loss against Hibs, Durie said: “There were supposed to be another two players down for us to have a look at against Hibs.

“A left back and a centre half, but they both phoned me to call off injured.

“The season starts in a couple of weeks and we only have 14 players signed, so there’s room for another three or four yet.

“We’re going to have to start firming things up now, though.”

Amongst those who have been part of the Bayview pre-season preparations are former Rangers defender Bob Malcolm, ex-Dundee United forward Collin Samuel and former Raith Rovers winger Iain Williamson.

Bonnyrigg Rose midfielder Alex King is also training with the club and has impressed.

Pre-season continues tonight (Wednesday) with a visit to Dunfermline Athletic before Falkirk visit Bayview on Saturday.

Durie admitted that the schedule against higher league opposition was hard on his side - but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Dunfermline will be another tough game for us but that’s what we’re looking for,” he said.

“I prefer to have tough work-outs in pre-season rather than playing easy games.”

One of Durie’s pre-season buys, Paul McManus, looks as if he’ll sadly miss the start of the season after picking up an injury.

Steven Campbell and Robert Sloan also missed the Hibs game through injury.

The manager said: “Paul McManus has injured his knee which is a bit of a blow for us.

“It’s disappointing because he’d done most of pre-season and he’ll lose a bit of that fitness now.”