Loan signings will give East Fife the strength they need
Darren Young believes his trio of new loan signings will add crucial depth to his squad.
East Fife this week completed deals to bring Rangers starlet Cole McKinnon, Dunfermline youngster Miller Fenton and East Stirlingshire 23-year-old Sean Brown to the club until the end of the season.
Young will guide his side back into action for the first time since a 5-1 Scottish Cup win over Tranent Juniors on January 9 this weekend when they travel to face Clyde.
It’ll be the first game in what is sure to be a hectic spell of league and Scottish Cup action for the Fifers.
East Fife boss Young told the Mail he expects his side to play many as FOUR games in a week.
It’s important the Fifers have the numbers to cope and, with another loan signing still expected to be announced at the time of writing, 42-year-old Young says he’s managed to do just that.
“The three of them add to the squad and that helps us out massively,” he said.
"It looks at one point, or maybe twice, that we’re going to have to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday by accounts which is ridiculous as far as I’m concerned.
"Can you imagine them asking a full-time team to play that schedule? I don’t think so.
"They’ll also add a bit of quality to the squad.
"Cole from Rangers is box-to-box who’ll help in the midfield.
"The young lad from Dunfermline is a left back who has been around the first team and just hasn’t managed to get the game time. He’s nice on the ball and gives us competition.
"Big Sean up front is someone who knows where the goal is and this is an opportunity for him to have a look at us and for us to have a look at him.”
With the complete suspension of football at lower leagues now up, Young is preparing his side for the tough trip to face the Bully Wee.
His players have been back in training since last Saturday and Young believes they’re not fit and raring to go.
"We’re looking good,” said the manager.
"We have a midweek game against Stenhousemuir so the boys will all get 45 minutes there before we’re back in on Thursday and looking ahead to Saturday.”
Following Saturday’s return, East Fife’s next game is a home encounter with Cove.