Trialists urged to show they deserve Fife deals

Kyle Wilkieis expected to make his debut for the Fifers against Dunfermline.
Kyle Wilkieis expected to make his debut for the Fifers against Dunfermline.

A few unfamiliar faces will be out to impress on Saturday as East Fife kick off their pre-season campaign at home to Dunfermline.

And boss Gary Naysmith says he’ll be giving his band of trialists every chance possible to win themselves a deal at Bayview.

The Fifers welcome Allan Johnston’s new look Pars at the weekend with the Methil manager still keen to add to his squad and join new recruits Ryan Goodfellow, Graeme MacGregor, Kyle Wilkie and Pat Slattery.

Naysmith says it’s now up to those taken in on trial to prove they deserve a place in the East Fife dressing room.

He said: “I have to make sure in the friendly games that I give the lads in on trial enough time to show us what they can do.

“There’s no point in us having players here and only giving them 20 minutes.

“But we need to balance that out and make sure that the players we have signed are all given time to play as well.”

Speaking on Monday, the manager said he expected to have some signing news announced within “three or four days”.

Over the weekend PFA Scotland held a match for players released by clubs to showcase their skills in front of potential employers.

The East Fife boss was one of the countless senior gaffers watching on from the stands.

“I was at the game and a few players impressed me and we’ve been making contact,” said Naysmith.

“We have a couple of junior players down training with us but most of the players are from senior clubs.”

With several players leaving Bayview at the end of last season, the boss knows there are gaps to be filled.

“I’m looking for another right back a central defender and midfielders,” said the manager.

“We have Jon McShane, Kevin Smith and Nathan Austin for forward cover so my priority at the moment is in midfield and defence.”

With the first pre-season game ready to kick off in just a matter of days, the build up towards the new season really is in full flight.

On Monday afternoon the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup was drawn, with the Methil side handed possibly the toughest tie they could have had - away to Peter Houston’s Scottish Cup runners up, Falkirk.

“If the half of the draw we were in had been seeded then, on where the Championship teams in it finished in their league, then Falkirk would have been number one,” said Naysmith.

“So it’s going to be a tough tie obviously but one where there really isn’t any pressure on us.”