Ten go on trial as Fifers look to bolster squad

East Fife boss Gary Naysmith
East Fife boss Gary Naysmith

East Fife manager Gary Naysmith will run the rule over as many as 10 trialists as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.

The team reported back for pre-season training on Saturday where 14 players – including six trialists – were put through a rigorous double session, with numbers expected to increase throughout the week.

Essentially it’s up to them. Can they show that they deserve a contract?

Gary Naysmith

Last week. Naysmith spoke of his frustration after missing out on key signing targets, but the player-boss was feeling much more upbeat following Saturday’s get-together.

“We’ve still not signed anybody but things are looking more positive,” he said.

“We had six trialists at training and there are another three or four joining over the next week.

“Essentially, it’s up to them. Can they show that they deserve a contract?

“We’ve still got the basis of a good team here – we have 10 players signed from last season, including myself, so we’re further forward than last year.

“Of course I want to get players signed – it gives myself, the existing players and the fans a boost – but we’ve got to make sure we get it right. We can’t just sign players for the sake of making numbers up.

“We’re also further on in terms of speaking to clubs in higher divisions about loaning players from them. We’re currently weighing that up.”

Naysmith has not given up hope that some of his initial signing targets could return to the table and admitted he would have no qualms about being a player’s second choice.

“I don’t blame players for turning down our offer if they think they’ve got something better,” he said. “That’s the difficulty you have when you’re in the bottom division.

“They can get better money in a higher division but, if the weeks go on and that option isn’t there for them any more, you can find that players will come back to you.

“You can’t knock a player back for not coming to us in the first place.

“That’s what you do as a player – you try to get to the best level you can and, if that doesn’t work out, you go to the next best option.”