Shire boss hails East Fife after loan switch

East Stirlingshire boss Derek Ure says East Fife were “different class” during their negotiations to sign Sean Brown on loan.
Sean Brown. Pic by Michael GillenSean Brown. Pic by Michael Gillen
Sean Brown. Pic by Michael Gillen

With no restart date in sight for Shire’s Lowland League campaign, players at that level have been keen to get some game time under their belt before the season ends.

The Fifers have already benefited, with Kelty Hearts forward Nathan Austin arriving this week as well.

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It’s also a chance for those players to step up a level and prove themselves, with Ure saying he’s delighted with the opportunity presented to Brown, who appeared appeared as a second half substitute as East Fife beat Clyde 3-1 on Saturday.

“It helps these clubs and lets our players play at this time and if we get the green light to go ahead these guys will come back at good fitness,” said the East Stirlingshire boss.

“I got a call from Tony McMinn, the assistant manager and East Fife, and they were different class in the way they went about their business.

“The deal was done quickly and there were no problems and everybody potentially gained from this deal.

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“Also for Sean, it gives him an opportunity to play at a really good level, we've no doubt he and plenty of our other players can play at that level.

"Sean was probably pleasantly surprised and it's good for him to get the go ahead to go back.

"East Fife were quite specific with the type of player they were looking for and had obviously done their homework, so it was all very straightforward.”