Striker tells Raith: I can hit 20 goals next season

Mark Stewart celebrates a goal against Hibs -  Credit -  Fife Photo Agency -
Mark Stewart celebrates a goal against Hibs - Credit - Fife Photo Agency -

Mark Stewart has revealed he would like to stay at Raith Rovers and become a 20-goal striker next season.

Stewart reached double figures on the final day of the season, scoring his 10th of the campaign in the 2-2 draw at Dumbarton.

The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the month and his future, along with most other squad members, remains uncertain while the club seeks a replacement for axed manager Grant Murray.

But the former Falkirk, Bradford, Dundee and Kilmarnock forward hopes to be part of any new manager’s plans.

“Ten goals in this league is good – it’s a good way to finish,” Stewart told the Press.

“It could’ve been double that but I’ve got to look at it positively.

“I got the chances – I just need to start taking more and I could be a 20-goal striker. Maybe next season.

“I don’t what’s happening but, if the club wants to keep me, I’d love to stay.

“I think I’ve done my bit and, hopefully, something can be sorted.”

Stewart made 42 appearances for Raith last season –more than his previous three campaigns combined – as he finally enjoyed an injury-free year.

“I’m happy I’ve managed to stay fit and finish club’s top scorer,” he said.

“The last time I was able to string that many games together week in, week out, I was top scorer in this league.

“I’ve shown that when I play games, I score goals.

“I’ve got 20 goals in me if I just start taking more chances.

“I can’t keep creating the chances I do and not get up to those kind of figures.

“Maybe next year will be my year.”

Stewart believes the current Raith squad, if kept together, can push for a top four place next season.

“If this group stays together, I think we can kick on,” he said.

“Apart from a dip in November and December, we’ve been brilliant all season.

“The Falkirk game just deflated us when we missed out on the play-offs.

“But the way we reacted just wasn’t good enough – we know that.

“We showed in the last game against Dumbarton what we’re capable of and reacted well.

“The club is in a good place to go forward next season and should be pushing for the play-offs.”