THERE was good news and bad news in equal measure for Raith Rovers fans this week as two players signed, while another two moved on to pastures new.
Grant Anderson and Jason Thomson have both penned one year deals to stay at Stark’s Park, but Simon Mensing is off to First Division rivals Livingston after signing a two-year deal with the West Lothian club, while Brian Graham has been snapped up by SPL side Dundee United.
The loss of top scorer Graham - who scored 27 times last season - as well as the experienced and versatile Mensing is certainly a blow for the Kirkcaldy club, but manager Grant Murray was delighted to secure the services of Anderson and Thomson for another year.
“We are delighted that Jason is back for another year,” he said.
“I’ve been impressed with his attitude and performances since he’s been at the club, and he has experience of playing football at the top level.
“Grant was another player who had a good season. He’s a great lad but more importantly he works hard and has got great pace about him.
“When they both played together on the right side of the pitch they always gave the opposition a hard time.”
Murray admitted that Graham’s goals will be difficult to replace.
“Any team would be disappointed to lose a player who scores goals,” he said.
“We made an offer to keep Brian but I never thought it would happen.
“It’s great for him to get a move to the SPL, and I’m sure he will be successful.
“An example for him is Gregory Tade who has played for two different teams in the SPL since leaving Raith in the first division.”
The focus now for Murray is on tying up the remaining members of last season’s squad, and bringing in fresh reinforcements.
“I’m speaking to boys all the time, and we’re hoping we can get the right people fixed up,” he said.