Raith to start next season with just 13 players

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RAITH Rovers’ youth players will be on stand-by for first team duty next season as the club expect to go with a squad of just 13 recognised first team players.

Manager John McGlynn this week completed his first summer signing, Morton striker Brian Graham (23), while he is also hopeful of agreeing terms with out of contract club captain Grant Murray upon the defender’s return from holiday.

Two more players are also on McGlynn’s radar – and he is planning no further transfer activity beyond that.

“We’re looking at running with a squad of 13 first team players, and six young players,” McGlynn told SportsPress.

“It goes without saying, we will not have a big squad. It will be very small squad, supplemented by under 19s.

Break through

“Youth will probably get a greater chance to break through next season and that’s part of the challenge. It will be good if we can bring them through and if they can stand up and be counted in the First Division.

”I know the challenge that’s lying ahead, so does Paul (Smith). We’ll re-charge batteries over the summer, and come in next season fighting.”

McGlynn refused to identify his signing targets as they are still under contract at their current clubs.

“I’ve got things that are moving along nicely, but you have to realise that not all players are out of contract at the moment, so they can’t sign,” he said.

“A lot of players left Raith Rovers last week, but most of their contracts run until June 30. These guys cannot sign for anyone else while they are still getting paid by Raith Rovers.

Under contract

“I can hardly come out and say I’m going to sign Player A while he is under contract. I’ve got things in motion, but I can’t say any more than that.”

McGlynn did reveal however that has already reached a verbal agreement with one player, while another is still in negotiations.

“I’ve had a commitment from one player,” he explained.

“I’ve got the players word, and knowing the player very well, I’m confident on that.

“He’s not signed papers but I know he will sign when the situation crops up.

“I’m negotiating with Grant Murray and with one other player. If I get these players I’m talking about, then that will be my business done.

“We’ve signed young goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw from our under 19s and he will be back-up to David McGurn this season.”