Patience pays off as East Fife land striker

Ola Ademeyo
Ola Ademeyo

There was some activity at New Bayview on Monday’s transfer deadline day with one player joining the club whilst another moved in the opposite direction.

Dundee United striker Ola Ademeyo has joined East Fife on loan until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, David Maskrey has moved to Bathgate Thistle as a loanee for the same period of time.

Manager Gary Naysmith said he was delighted to land the striker and revealed he had been after the 20-year-old for a while.

“We had to be patient,” he said.

“We had hoped to get him in a few weeks ago but he was called up to the Nigerian under-23 squad so it’s been a while in coming but our patience paid off.

“I believe that he’s one of the top scorers in the development league this season.

“He’s quick, he holds the ball up and links well.

“It gives us plenty of pace up front now.

“He’ll fit in very well I think and it gives a good balance to the squad.

“We’re all delighted that he’s here.”

Naysmith said that Maskrey’s move to Bathgate would enable the youngster to rack up some more game time.

“He’s been around the first team for a while but his time on the pitch has been limited.

“It’s a good move for him.”

It’s been a busy transfer window for the Fife side, less so on the paying side, with Saturday’s draw at Arbroath only the second time East Fife have played this year.

“I think we deserve a lot of credit for that,” said Naysmith.

“Despite not having played much we didn’t look rusty.”

With East Stirling declining to play on Saturday, the Fifers will now take on Dundee in a friendly this Friday at New Bayview ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Albion Rovers.