Rovers boss to push players for an answer

KIRKCALDY ;'Raith management team Grant Murray and Laurie Ellis launch new kit @ O'Connell's with Ross Laidlaw'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY ;'Raith management team Grant Murray and Laurie Ellis launch new kit @ O'Connell's with Ross Laidlaw'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

RAITH Rovers boss Grant Murray is ready to slap a deadline on his out of contracts players.

Murray put contract talks to one side over the weekend to attend a football camp in Milan with his son.

But he hopes to sit down with last season’s squad over the coming days to push for an answer to his initial contract offers.

“It’s a case of trying to get as many tied up as we can,” he told the Press.

“I’ve enjoyed working with this group of players, and hopefully the players enjoyed working with me and want to stay.

“Nobody has told us they don’t want to come back - which is encouraging - but we will start putting deadlines on them.

“At the end of the day if these players aren’t going to sign we need to move on.

“There are plenty players out there looking to play First Division football, especially at a club like Raith.”

Two young players committed their futures to the Kirkcaldy club last week.

Midfielder Ross Callachan (19) signed a one-year deal after impressing in the end of season games, while goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw (20), who made 12 appearances last season, has been handed a two-year contract.

“It’s fantastic for the club to get these young players signed up,” Murray said.

“They’ve both played in the first team which is a credit to them, and hopefully they can kick on next season.

“Every club needs good young players coming through, but you need experience in the team too.

“You need the right blend and hopefully the young players we’ve got at this club will help us get that.

“We’ve got some great young players coming through and we’re hoping to bring in more young apprentices as well.

“It lets them see that if they show the right attitude and commitment then there is an opportunity to go and play in our first team.”

The club meanwhile unveiled its new home strip this week - and it’s quite a change from the norm!

The board has decided, after great deliberation, on a modern day twist of the iconic strip worn in the late 1960s.

The kit is predominantly white, although the navy blue traditions have been retained in the socks, as well as two hoops on the top.

Turnbull Hutton, club chairman, said: “We’ve taken the chance to move away from the usual strip selection and have got this specially commissioned.

“We’re sure the fans will be very supportive of it and we look forward to seeing it around Fife.”

The new strip will also see the return of a familiar name as O’Connells Bar and Diner has returned as the home shirt sponsor in a two-year deal, while Keytech will continue to sponsor the back.

Fans can pre-order a top or purchase on the day of the official release date, Saturday July 6, and those who do will have the opportunity to be part of an official team photo.

Pre-orders can be made by phoning the club office on (01592) 263514 or in person at the Stark’s Park. Prices of the new home top are as follows: adults short-sleeved - £40, adults long-sleeved £43, kids - £34.

The away strip will remain the same as this season with continuing as main sponsor and Keytech the back of the shirt sponsor.

This top is on sale now and available to buy from and ACA Sports.