Fifers still looking to bring in players

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DESPITE the deadline-day signings of three loan players, East Fife are still looking to add to their squad.

The Fifers used the international break to run their rule over trialist players, with the Bayview side believing they have room for a couple of new additions.

East Fife return to league action with a trip to Arbroath on Saturday and assistant boss Gordon Chisholm said the squad has been working well over the break period, with the side due to play a fixture against Livingston earlier this week as the Mail went to press.

“We gave them the weekend off but, before that, had a game on the Thursday,” said the assistant boss.

“We have another game against Livingston and we’ll be looking to play a few of the first-team boys who haven’t really played much since the start of the season.

“We also have another couple of trialists down with us at the moment, and I think we’re still looking to add maybe a midfielder and a striker.”

Chisholm said the club was still unsure about Collin Samuel’s future, with his move being held up as he awaits his work permit.

He added that the on-going saga was frustrating, as was the injury and illness which had hampered the club’s start to the season.

“Gareth Wardlaw has a wee knock now and Steven Campbell has come down with this virus which he maybe picked up from one of the other boys,” he said.

“All we’re really concentrating on now is trying to get the squad fully fit so there is a competition for places and the boys who are in the side know they need to do well to hold on to the jersey.”

Arbroath got off to a fine start to the season but were hammered by Queen of the South 6-0 in their last league outing.

And, with the Fifers still awaiting their first league win of the new campaign, Chisholm said it was vital the Methil side started chalking up a few victories.

“It’s important that we start kicking on,” he said.

“If we can get everybody fit for this game, we can go up there with confidence.

“If we can get the first win, then hopefully we can start to get into the habit of it.”

Craig Johnstone is a serious injury doubt.