Caribbean pre-season for newly wed Raith winger

Raith winger Grant Anderson in action last season. Credit -  FPA -
Raith winger Grant Anderson in action last season. Credit - FPA -

Grant Anderson spent part of his Caribbean honeymoon in the gym to make up for missing the start of pre-season with Raith Rovers.

The 28-year-old winger married his long-term partner, Anne-Marie, in June and the pair flew out to Florida, then Barbados, on honeymoon.

The last thing you want to do with a new manager is come back and you’re miles off it.

It meant Anderson missed the first week of training under new manager Ray McKinnon, but he was not about to let his fitness be affected.

“I feel fine,” he told the Press, after completing a hard-working 60 minutes against Hearts on Tuesday.

“I did some stuff leading up the wedding but the week before it was mayhem so I never even sat down that week.

“The first four days of honeymoon I was in Disneyland so that was a wipe-out, but when I want to Barbados I was in the gym every night.

“The last thing you want to do with a new manager is come back and you’re miles off it.

“I did my work in Barbados for an hour every night in the gym while she was getting ready to go out so she didn’t miss me.

“Since I’ve came back I’ve done a wee bit extra after sessions as well just to catch up.

“I didn’t expect to play as much as I did on Tuesday night - I thought I’d maybe get 15 to 20 minutes.

“But the manager’s flung me right in and I think I’ve shown that I’m quite fit, so I’m happy with that.”

An injury to Mark Stewart saw Grant Anderson pushed into a striking role against Hearts - a position that took him back to his boys club days.

“It was good,” he said. “Mark is out injured so the manager pulled me aside at the start and asked if I was comfortable with it.

“I’ve played striker before but not at senior level.

“I was played up front at boys club level because I could get in behind defences. I kind of know what I’m doing there, but I’ve not done it in years.

“The way the manager explained it to me, he was not looking for me to be a hold up centre-forward.

“He wanted me peeling wide and going in behind, so that suited me more.

“I enjoyed it - I had good fun - I just wish I had got a couple of shots on target, or created a few more chances.

“But I was quite happy with what I did.”

After some big squad changes in the summer, Anderson, at the age of 28, is now adjusting to life as one of the most experienced players in the squad.

“I’m one of the senior pros now so that’s a big change,” he said.

“My senior career hasn’t been that long and I’ve always been one of the younger boys getting told what to do.

“Now it’s up to me to start talking these young boys through games. It’s going to be a different season!”