New signing on board as Raith land on Moon

Kevin Moon in action for St Johnstone
Kevin Moon in action for St Johnstone
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NEW Raith Rovers signing Kevin Moon revealed that a meeting with manager Grant Murray sold him on a move to Stark’s Park.

Moon has penned a one-year contract at Stark’s Park after helping Alloa secure promotion to the first division through the play-offs.

The 25-year-old started his career at St Johnstone, ironically making his first team debut against Raith in a League Cup tie during the 2005-06 season.

He made just under 100 appearances for the Perth side, scoring five goals, and also spent a season on loan at Forfar.

A serious knee injury suffered in March 2010 stunted his progress at McDiarmid Park and he was released in February this year, before joining Alloa.

Moon admitted it was a wrench to leave the Wasps after winning promotion, but he is looking forward to beginning a new chapter in his career in Kirkcaldy.

“I had a good meeting with the manager and was impressed with everything he had to say,” Moon told the Press.

“Leaving Alloa after winning promotion was hard, and Paul Hartley was great with me, but I’m looking to progress my career and I feel this is the right move for me.

“Raith are a big club and getting back to full-time football was a big part of it.

“I’m feeling as strong as I’ve ever been and looking forward to having a good season at Raith.’’

Moon, who cites centre midfield as his preferred position, scored two goals in the play-offs, including one in the live televised final against Dunfermline.

“I will be looking to add more goals to my game next season,” he added.

Striker Greig Spence (20) has also confirmed that he has agreed on a return to Raith next season after scoring 13 goals in 38 appearances for the club last season.

Rovers are hoping to complete more signings in the coming days before manager Murray heads off on a week’s holiday on Sunday.

A number of last season’s squad who are yet to be tied down on new deals are out of contract after today (Friday).

Rovers have meanwhile confirmed their first two pre-season friendlies.

English League One side Sheffield United will visit Kirkcaldy on Wednesday, July 10, with a 7.30 p.m kick off.

One week later, on July 17, Gary Locke’s Hearts side will visit Stark’s Park, again with a 7.30 p.m kick off.

A proposed friendly away to Morecombe on Saturday, July 20 has been scrapped.

Meanwhile, Raith will receive a cheque for £1000 from the Irn Bru Cans for Youth team initiative after collecting 12,308 cans during the season.