It’s almost…but not quite…the end of an era today as our highly popular veteran stopper, David McGurn completes his permanent transfer to our near neighbours Cowdenbeath, now managed of course by another former Rover, Liam Fox. The League 2 side are looking to immediately bounce back following relegation last term, and they see David as a key member of their side for the upcoming campaign.
At this stage in his career, it is natural that David wants to be playing regularly, and so he moves to Central Park to begin the next chapter of his career with the very best wishes of everyone at Stark’s Park after an illustrious Rovers career of over 200 games – and thousands of saves – spanning 8 years of exemplary service to the club.
At Central Park this evening to complete the formalities, Chief Executive Eric Drysdale paid tribute to ‘The Witch’ saying, “Davie has been a model professional throughout his Raith Rovers career. He is one of very few Raith players over the years who have achieved 100% backing from the Stark’s Park faithful throughout. We will all have our favourite moments, the saves that earned him his nickname, but I also recall his fantastic strength of character he displayed when I visited him in hospital after his career threatening injury in October 2013. He knew he might never regain full fitness, but he was resolutely determined and did fight back to feature strongly for Stranraer during his loan spell last season. He leaves with our immense gratitude for all he has helped the club achieve over these 8 years.”
The keeper also has his own personal message for the Raith Rovers following. “I just wanted to thank the fans and the board for all their support, and in particular new manager Gary Locke who has been great with me over the last few weeks. I am also delighted that I will have the chance to say goodbye to the fans at Stark’s Park. I’m thrilled to announce that a testimonial match is to be organised for me. An independent committee led by John Greer has already been formed and is beginning its work to pull together arrangements for what’s sure to be an emotional night for me. Good luck to the Rovers next season.”