Craig Murray was hitting the gym on his own away from Bayview as he waited for his call up to the starting XI.
The former Aberdeen midfielder has been part of boss Gary Naysmith’s rotation system and has found himself in and out of the team.
But rather than moping around, Murray made sure that when he was eventually given the nod and handed a starting place, he was ready to take it.
And he did just that on Saturday, grabbing the first of East Fife’s two goals on their way to an eventual 2-0 win over Queen’s Park.
Murray was grateful for his chance to be part of the current buzz around the Bayview club
“It’s great to be at East Fife just now,” he said.
“The boys are absolutely flying.
“I’ve been out of the team so I’ve just had to bide my time.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work away from the club just to keep my fitness levels up.
“You never know when you’re going to get back in again.
“The gaffer told me after the Queen’s Park game that I looked really fit so I’m happy with that.”
Murray is one of a host of players all now making the transition from full-time to the part-time game.
“It’s hard to make the move from full-time football, the manager said that to me,” said the 21-year-old.
“You’re kind of sitting around during the day waiting for training on Tuesday and Thursday nights.”
He was in the thick of the action throughout the weekend’s game and could have added more to the one he did net.
“I had another when Fash (Nathan Austin) cut it back to me but I couldn’t get it out from under my feet,” he said.
“The boy came in and whipped it away.”