Thomson signs on whilst McGurn announces Raith Rovers departure

Raith Rovers have extended the contract of a first team goalkeeper, whilst another is calling time on his career.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 11:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 11:23 am
Robbie Thomson has extended his Rovers contract (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

Robbie Thomson has committed his immediate future to the club but club legend David McGurn will retire at the end of the season.

Thomson’s new contract will see him stay at Stark’s Park until June 2023.

The 27 year old first signed for the club in the summer of 2018 and has made 45 appearances – 41 of them starts – and finished last season a league champion as the club returned to the SPFL Championship

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David McGurn in action for Raith in 2019 (Pic: Michael Gilllen)

Part of his responsibilities from next season will involve taking on the role of Goalkeeping Coach.

David McGurn, the current coach, will leave at the end of this season to focus on his full–time lecturing job as the club returns to a wholly full–time setup from next season.

The move enables Thomson to extend his coaching career into the professional game, coaching the Rovers ‘keepers every day, as well as in his own goalkeeping school, Pro Performance GK.

Manager John McGlynn said: "We are delighted to have Robbie as a player for the next two years, where he will compete for the starting goalie spot as well as coaching our goalkeepers.

“Robbie has all the SFA qualifications to take on this role and has been fulfilling that role this season on Mondays and Fridays when David McGurn is not at training.

"Regarding next season, David, who is a lecturer at Cardonald College in Glasgow, can’t give up the time to commit to a full-time role at the club.”

He added: "We thank David for his contribution to the Rovers throughout his career, particularly this season and last as our Goalkeeping Coach.”