Raith Rovers' latest signing Zak Rudden will be 'big asset' says Rovers manager Ian Murray

Raith Rovers manager Ian Murray has described latest signing Zak Rudden as ‘a big asset’ after the striker joined the Kirkcaldy side on loan from Scottish Premiership outfit Dundee until the end of the season.
Zak Rudden shows off his Raith Rovers coloursZak Rudden shows off his Raith Rovers colours
Zak Rudden shows off his Raith Rovers colours

As Rudden, 23, was arriving on Friday, Raith also announced that fellow forward Jamie Gullan – the man nicknamed ‘Hammer’ – had left the club to join League of Ireland Premier Division club Dundalk for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old ex-Hibernian youngster had reportedly been frustrated by a lack of game time at Raith.

On the arrival of Rudden, who scored three times in 16 league and cup games for the Dee this season, Rovers boss Murray told www.raithrovers.net: "I'm very happy to add Zak to our squad.

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“He brings another physical presence to us and has proven himself in this league.

“Zak has showed tremendous hunger in joining us ahead of a host of other clubs, and we aim to improve him as a player. Zak will be a big asset for us in the second part of this season.”

Rudden’s first Raith appearance saw him play 45 minutes as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 home league defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The ex-Rangers youth player previously had loan spells at Falkirk and Plymouth Argyle before a two-year spell with Partick Thistle.

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He signed for Dundee on a pre-contract agreement in January 2022, playing over 50 times and spending half of last season on loan at St Johnstone. He has also represented Scotland at youth international levels.