Conroy motivated by surprise Dundee exit

Ryan Conroy played his first game for Raith in the pre-season friendly draw with St Johnstone. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Ryan Conroy played his first game for Raith in the pre-season friendly draw with St Johnstone. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Raith Rovers latest signing will be out to prove his former club wrong for showing him the door.

Ryan Conroy went from the high of winning the Championship with Dundee, to the low of being told he was not part of the club’s Premiership plans, despite having a year left on his contract.

Conroy subsequently left Dens Park by mutual consent, and spent a month weighing up his options before signing for Raith last week.

And the 27-year-old winger revealed he will use his departure from Dundee as motivation this season.

“It was a bit of a shock to leave Dundee, and I think a few of the boys were surprised as well,” Conroy told the Press.

“These things happen in football, you just have to sign for another team and show you’re old team what they’re missing.

“I was a bit unsure of my future, there were a couple of options, but the longer things went on I just wanted to get myself sorted.

“I knew about the interest from Raith for a couple of weeks, and when I came to meet the manager I knew right away I wanted to sign.

“I spoke to Iain Davidson as well and he told me good things about the club, and I think he’s right. First impressions are that I’ve came to a good club.”

Conroy played the full 90 minutes against both St Johnstone on Saturday and York City on Tuesday as he looks to build up his fitness.

“It was good to get a run out,” he said. “I think I need a few games under my belt because I’ve not been training with a team for the last couple of months.

“I’ve just been doing my own training but it’s not really the same. It was good to get 90 minutes and I feel better for it.

“I’ll need the friendly games to get my sharpness back. The most important thing is to get match fit in time for the start of the season.

“With the games we’ve got coming up, and with a bit of extra running, I’ll be ready.”

Conroy is looking forward to linking up again with Christian Nade, another who was released from Dundee.

“Christian got himself fit in the last six months of the season and he was great asset for Dundee,” Conroy explained.

“He’s going to be a handful in this league again and if he keep himself fit, well, you seen his goal against St Johnstone.”

While disappointed to have missed out on the chance to play in the Premiership, Conroy is looking forward to some big games in the Championship next season.

“There are going to be massive games almost every week and we’ll be playing at Ibrox in front of 50,00 fans,” he said.

“There’s a big drag to this league this year and there will be a lot of televised games.

“It’s going to be a great league to play in and I’m looking forward to it.”