Raith players await contract fate

Raith chief executive Eric Drysdale
Raith chief executive Eric Drysdale

Raith Rovers players will find out next week whether they will be offered new deals to stay at the club next season.

Almost the entire first team squad is out of contract this month and manager Grant Murray will sit down with each player after the Livingston game to discuss their future.

Despite winning the Ramsdens Cup this season, Rovers league campaign since Christmas has been a huge disappointment, and it is expected that several squad members will be told they are surplus to requirements.

Some players have already been offered deals - John Baird among them - but others, including top scorer Greig Spence, have yet to be spoken to.

Two players who will remain at Stark’s Park next term are 18-year-old striker Lewis Vaughan, who is contracted until 2016, and goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw, who signed a two-year deal last summer.

The management team of Murray, assistant Paul Smith and first team coach Laurie Ellis are also tied down until 2016.

Eric Drysdale, Raith chief executive, added: “Nothing can be signed, sealed and delivered until such time as we know for certain what division we’re going to be in.

“Yes, there’s been talks, but nothing has been finalised.

“There’s going to be a lot of players interested in playing in the championship next season and there is going to be some exciting fixtures. Stark’s Park is bound to be attractive to ambitious footballers.”