Raith top scorer uncertain over his future

Raith striker Greig Spence chases down a ball in Saturday's defeat to Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig
Raith striker Greig Spence chases down a ball in Saturday's defeat to Cowdenbeath. Pic: Neil Doig

Greig Spence is looking for more regular first team opportunities next season, whether at Raith Rovers or elsewhere.

The 21-year-old striker came off the bench to score his 11th goal of the season on Saturday, although it proved to be no more than a late consolation effort in the 2-1 defeat to Cowdenbeath.

With his contract due to expire this month, the future is uncertain for a player who has been used mostly as a substitute in the second half of the season.

“I want to play football every week,” Spence told the Press. “At my age, I really need a season where I start and play a good number of games to really show what I can do.

“I love playing football and that’s what I want to do on a Saturday, but I’ve only started 13 league games this season.

“No-one enjoys being on the bench - I don’t think it gets the best out of you when you’re in and out the team.

“If you get a good run of seven or eight games that’s when you can show what you can do, and get your match fitness up.

“I love playing for the club and I’ve said that since day one. The fans have been great with me, and they give me that wee bit extra confidence at times.

“For myself, I need to be somewhere where I’m playing every week.I’d love it if it was here, but I’ve just got to wait and see.”

Spence has scored 20 times in 58 appearances (35 starts) at Raith and is this season’s top scorer.

He would prefer to stay at Stark’s Park next season if it meant starting more games, but he has yet to receive a new contract offer from the Kirkcaldy club.

“I know a few of the boys have been in, but I’ve heard nothing so far, so I just have to wait see what happens,” he said.

“It’s a horrible time of the season when some boys are getting a deal, while others aren’t.

“It’s a lot of pressure when you’re trying to pay bills, but you’re getting to play football so you can’t really complain.”

Whatever the future holds, Spence is hoping to finish the season on a high with a victory in Livingston this Saturday.

He added: “We’ve got a wee chance to catch Livingston for a sixth place finish, which is not ideal, but it’s better than finishing just above relegation.”