Raith skipper yet to agree new contract

0911001 SSFF raith stirling 'Grant Murray in action - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy
0911001 SSFF raith stirling 'Grant Murray in action - Raith Rovers against Stirling Albion FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

RAITH Rovers fans face an anxious wait to find out whether popular club captain Grant Murray will remain at the club.

Versatile defender Murray (35), pictured centre, has yet to confirm whether he will return to Stark’s Park next season after being asked to take a wage cut by the cash-strapped Kirkcaldy outfit.

And manager John McGlynn confessed that his skipper – the only out-of-contract first team player to be asked to stay on at Stark’s – may yet decide to move elsewhere.

Coaching badges

“We’ve not tied anything up with Grant yet,” McGlynn said.

“He’s down at Largs this week doing his coaching badges with Laurie Ellis so I’ve not had a chance to sit down and talk to him yet since we made the offer.

“We’re hopeful he will sign, but you can’t ever guarantee anything.

“Grant is like everyone else, he will have to take a wage cut to stay at Raith Rovers, and he may decide he does not want to do that.”

While Murray stews over his future, McGlynn has secured at least one new signing on a “verbal agreement” and is expecting the player, whom he refused to name, to put pen to paper next week, adding to the recent capture of Morton forward Brian Graham.

However, McGlynn has missed out on striker Colin McMenamin after the in-demand former Dundee and Queen of the South hitman turned down an offer from Raith to sign for Ross County, who have also secured the services of freed Inverness Caley defender Grant Munro.

Financial clout

McGlynn believes the apparent financial clout of the Highland club places them among the early favourites for next season’s title race, alongside the recently out of administration Dundee.

“Bookmakers will have Dundee as hot favourites and you can understand that from the way they played last season,” McGlynn said.

“If they pick up where they left off they will be hard to stop. They’ve signed up the nucleus of last season’s team and they’re now able to sign new players again.

“Ross County are also very active in signing players, and you have to think that anyone who is spending money will have a right good chance because everyone else is cutting back.”