Picture Special: Raith back in the old routine

Ryan McCord. All pics: FPA
Ryan McCord. All pics: FPA

Jason Thomson admitted that he felt older than his years as a youthful Raith Rovers squad returned to pre-season training this week.

The average age of manager Ray McKinnon’s six new signings is under 22, leaving the likes of Thomson (27), Grant Anderson (28), and Craig Barr (28), as the most senior outfield players in the squad.

Mitch Megginson and Ross Matthews

Mitch Megginson and Ross Matthews

But the defender is keen to show that he can keep pace with the new crop of youngsters.

“I’m feeling very old!” Thomson said after a session at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes yesterday (Wednesday).

“Minus the two goalies, I think myself, Granty and Mango are now the oldest.

“It’s maybe what the club needed. A new manager has come in with his own ideas and that’s the route he wants to go down, and everyone will be backing him 100 per cent.

There’s been bits of banter flying around already so I’m sure it’s going to be another good dressing room

Jason Thomson

“The boys coming in are youthful and maybe have a better career ahead of them, whereas for the older ones this is maybe the last stop before you start getting over the hill.

“I’m certainly not feeling that way and I’m sure I can show a thing or two as the season goes on.”

Thomson has enjoyed the first few days of training and is looking forward to being part of McKinnon’s new look squad.

“The manager said on his first day that it’s going to be hard work - and it’s been tough so far - but every pre-season is.

Mitch Megginson

Mitch Megginson

“We’ll hopefully get the benefits once the season starts.

“The gaffer’s brought a couple of backroom boys with him - Daz and Granty - they’ve just been in the one day so far, but I’m sure we’ll see changes made.

“Every manager has their own different ways of doing things.

“It’s a bit of a clearance and a fresh start - basically a whole new squad that will be trying to gel together come the start of the season.

Kyle Benedictus

Kyle Benedictus

“It’s a different challenge for me. I was disappointed when Grant Murray left, but I’m equally excited for the new gaffer coming in with new ideas, and hopefully we can get off to a good start.

“We’ve played against most of the lads who have come in over the last few seasons so it’s not as if everyone’s a stranger.

“There’s been bits of banter flying around already so I’m sure it’s going to be another good dressing room.”

Thomson wore the captain’s armband under Grant Murray but it remains to be seen whether he will be asked to continue the role under the new boss.

“A few boys have had a laugh about it, but it’s still up in the air,” Thomson said.

“I’ve just been going about my day to day stuff whether I was captain, or I wasn’t.

Craig Wighton

Craig Wighton

“I’m sure that conversation will take place at some point in the future.”

Craig Wighton and Kieran Campbell

Craig Wighton and Kieran Campbell

Mark Stewart on the ball

Mark Stewart on the ball