Uncertain futures for loan signings

Bobby Barr and other loan signings are yet to have their futures sorted out.
Bobby Barr and other loan signings are yet to have their futures sorted out.

WITH January just a few weeks away, East Fife boss Billy Brown says the futures of his current crop of loan players is still “up in the air”.

The Fifers, from front to back, have players who all belong to parent clubs, including ‘keeper Calum Antell and centre half Jordan Forster (Hibs), midfielder Paul Willis (Dunfermline) and forward Bobby Barr (Livingston).

While the East Fife faithful would love to see the youngsters stay with the club, boss Brown says it’s still undecided yet who would remain at Bayview.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, the manager said: “It’s still up in the air at the moment.

“Boys come out on loan to get experience and impress, to give them the chance to go back having shown what they can do.

“It’s something we’re still working on but it’s too early to say yet.”

The weekend’s scheduled fixture against Stranraer was called off by the club on Friday afternoon, with the distance the visitors were due to travel considered in the early announcement.

The manager used to opportunity to organise a training session for his players, and conceded the pitch was still in an unplayable condition on Saturday.

The game has already been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 18.

East Fife travel to Ayr this weekend for a clash with the side who sit just three points above them in the league.

And they’ll travel west with new permanent signing Collin Samuel in their ranks after he was added by the club last week.

“Collin Samuel has always been a decent player,” said the manager.

“He’s maybe not played as regularly as he’d have liked recently but, once he’s fit, he’ll be a good signing for us and maybe able to prove he’s still too good for this level.

“Ayr has always been a very difficult place to go to and it’s always a real battle down there.

“But we played well against Arbroath and, if we perform like that again, then I’m confident we can take something.

“There isn’t much between us both and, from what I’ve seen, there isn’t much between all the sides in this league.”

East Fife are once again expected to be without strikers Paul McManus and Gareth Wardlaw.