More new faces for Rovers in time for pre-season

Christian Nade in action during his Hearts days
Christian Nade in action during his Hearts days
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Raith Rovers are expecting to add more fresh faces to their squad ahead of pre-season training starting on Saturday.

Rovers reached an agreement with former Hearts and Dundee striker Christian Nade this week and the Frenchman is expected to sign a contract upon his return from a break in his homeland.

The club were also nearing the completion of two further new signings, one defender and one forward, as we went to press yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

One of the players is believed to be the ‘exciting’ player, previously referred to as someone who impressed while playing against the Kirkcaldy side last season.

Eric Drysdale, Raith chief executive, told the Press: “Any new signing is a risk, but they are all calculated risks.

“There’s no doubt that the players we are bringing in are good quality signings for our level and I’m sure they will do well.

“The management team view the players we have signed and are about to sign as good options for the club and exactly what we need for what promises to be a long hard season.

“We are anxious to make sure that if we have players out with injuries, we will not be left short in any particular department.”

Raith manager Grant Murray was delighted to agree a deal with Nade after holding positive talks with the player.

“It’s fantastic to get someone of his experience,” he said.

“I spoke to him and the vibes I got from him, and what he wants to achieve, played a big part in bringing him here.

“He was part of a Dundee team that won the league last season, and I’ve played against him, so I know what he brings to a team.”

Nade only returned to football in January after nearly two years without a club but Murray insists he has no concerns over the player’s fitness.

“Football is a judgemental industry - just look at people questioning Wayne Rooney at the World Cup,” Murray said.

“After speaking to Christian, seeing how he is, and speaking to other people, there are no problems whatsoever.

“Because he’s a big lad people give him a label, but I’ve played with big guys in the past, and they could all play.”

Another possible signing target, Ryan Conroy, was released by Dundee this week, although Murray stressed he has not yet spoken to the player.

Contract offers remain on the table for Grant Anderson and Greig Spence, but both are still weighing up their options.

“I’ve spoken to both of them and we should find out one way or another where we stand in the next few days,” Murray said.

Murray is meanwhile looking forward to getting the squad back together for pre-season training on Saturday.

“Players always look forward to the break but there comes a time when you want to get back into it,” he said.