Previous Clubs: South Melbourne FC, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Rory originally signed as an amateur back in March 2017. Under FIFA Regulations we were unable to register Australian Rory during the January transfer window as he only turned 18 in February. He was a member of the successful Development League East league winning team in 2016-17.
Rory came on as a second half substitute in the 2-1 victory over Clyde in the pre-season friendlies and then went on to play 90 minutes against Dunfermline, keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory. Rory signed a 2 year pro apprenticeship on 10th August 2017.
Born: 17th June 1998, Livingston
Home Sponsor: Rae Phillips
Away Sponsor: Bill Gilby
Previous Clubs: Hibernian, Raith Rovers Development Squad
McKay hugely impressed the management team in the 2014-15 season, both in the development matches, in which he featured as a trialist, and also in training. Released by Hibernian after 4 years on their books, he came to the attention of the Development Coach at the time and was invited to join training sessions. When he was pitched into action in the U20 Development squad, he shone out as an excellent prospect and the management moved quickly to secure his signature. Dave played a major part in the success of the U20 Development Team last season and lifted the trophy as captain of the side. He has already made first team appearances in this season’s pre-friendlies, as well as playing his first ninety minutes in the Scottish League Cup game against Cowdenbeath.
Born: 5th June 1998, Belshill
Previous Clubs: East Kilbride FC, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Josh joined Rovers as an amateur from East Kilbride FC on 13th September 2016. He has previously played for Scotland U18 against England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He settled into the squad immediately and was a permanent fixture alongside Dave McKay at the heart of the defence where he produced some excellent performances. He even volunteered to play in goal for the Development team in a fixture against Stirling Albion when traffic chaos prevented a number of players getting to the game in time for kick-off.
Josh signed a 2 year apprenticeship contract on 10th August 2017,
Born: 3rd October 2000, Edinburgh
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy
Fife Elite Football Academy (FEFA) graduate Euan Valentine put pen to paper on a two year contract in May 2017 joining the club as a Modern Apprentice.
Euan made 15 appearances for the Development team last season.
Coach Craig Easton said "He’s even been involved in bounce games with the first team and it’s been great to see him handle everything we’ve thrown at him at such a young age. He’s a tenacious full-back who takes a pride in defending, but he loves to get forward and join in the attack and delivers dangerous balls from the left hand side. His attitude and determination is superb and he’s exactly the type of character we’re looking for at Raith Rovers.”.
On 31st January Euan joined Broxburn Athletic. Euan is comfortable defending and attacking down the left flank and joins Broxburn to gain competitive match experience.
Born: 17th June 1999, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Hutchison Vale Boys Club, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Watson is another local lad, a former Balwearie High School pupil and Hutchison Vale BC Player. He was part of the Raith Rovers Academy along with partners in crime, Fionn McLeod Kay and James Berry. Last season, Jamie was one of the most consistent performers for the Development Squad and he made a total of 30 appearances, mainly at right back, scoring 1 goal. Jamie was on the bench for the first team for the opening game of the 2017/18 league campaign against Alloa. He made his first team debut in the 3-1 victory over St. Mirren in the Challenge Cup third round on 7th October 2017.
Born: 17th October 1999, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Lesley Ann Lynch
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy, AM Soccer, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Kyle is a graduate of the Fife Elite Football Academy. Before joining the Rovers, he had been playing men’s football for AM Soccer Amateurs. After making an impact in his trial period, Kyle was signed in January 2017. An all action midfielder, Kyle loves to win possession and drive forward to instigate attacks. Was on the first team bench last season and has also featured in the squad in pre-season.
On 31st January Kyle joined Dundonald Bluebell on-loan until the end of the season. The 18 year old has been a regular for the under 20’s in the Development League East this season and last, and joined Dundonald to gain competitive match experience.
Born: 11th June 1999, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: Tom and Kitty Beaugie
Previous Clubs: Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
A local lad and a product of the Raith Rovers Youth Academy since the age of 10, Berry has progressed through all age groups of the Academy and featured in the Development Team in 2015-16 season. He signed for his hometown club on 24th May 2016 and made his senior Raith Rovers’ debut as a second half substitute against Arbroath on 9th July 2016 in a pre-season friendly. Berry was also a part of the successful 2016-17 Development League East winning team and was awarded the Malcolm Szpera Award at the end of that season. He made his first team start against Clyde on 8th July 2017, playing the full 90 minutes.
Fionn McLeod Kay
Born: 28th May 1999, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: St John’s Rovers Boys’ Club, Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Glenrothes Juniors, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Local boy, Fionn, has been with the Rovers Academy since the age of ten, having played previously with St John’s Rovers Boys’ Club. Fionn signed his first professional contract in January 2017 as a modern apprentice. He made three appearances for the Development team last season and scored an excellent goal against Dunfermline in the Fife Cup to take the game to penalties. Fionn is an exciting player who has the ability to change a game.
Born: 18th January 1999, Falkirk
Previous Clubs: Syngenta Juveniles FC, Hearts Youth Academy, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Originally, Stevenson was at Syngenta Juveniles FC before joining Hearts and playing for all age groups, from U10 through to U17s. Stevenson spent a short time at the Fife Elite Football Academy before he signed a two-year modern apprenticeship with Rovers in May 2016. He was a massive part of Craig Easton’s Development Squad last season, scoring an impressive 13 goals from midfield. Good on the ball, he times his runs well to support the play. In the important run in for the league title, Ryan scored 8 in 9 games and is a real threat from set pieces around the box.
On 31st January 2018 Ryan joined Bo’ness United on-loan until the end of the season. He has performed consistently for Raith Rovers under 20’s in the Development League East this season as well as being a key player in the league winning team last season, and joined the B.U.’s (his local team) to gain competitive match experience in the SJFA East Superleague.
Born: 17th December 1997, Taipei
Home Sponsor: Neeburs O Geordie Munro
Away Sponsor: John Greer
Previous Clubs: Hong Kong Football Club, Hong Kong Dragons
Thorsen signed for Raith Rovers on 26 July 2016 and is contracted until the summer of 2018. The young Dane has played for Hong Kong Football Club and Hong Kong Dragons, having previously spent a year in Denmark at Oure Football Academy. He has previously had trials with St Johnstone and Rangers. Thorsen was a key part Craig Easton’s development team, making 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals in all competitions. A skilful attacking player who links the play well, Andreas signed a one-year professional contract in July.
Born: 19th February 1998, Swaziland
Home Sponsor: Lesley Mill
Away Sponsor: Scott Clachers
Previous Clubs: John Madejski Academy in Reading, Chalfont St Peter
Having scored and impressed the Raith Rovers’ management team in a pre-season friendly against Arbroath, Osei signed a professional contract with Raith Rovers on 14th July 2016. One day later, he made his professional debut as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup win over Cove Rangers. His first senior team start was in the 2-1 victory over Montrose on 19th July 2016 in the 2016-17 Betfred Cup and made his league debut on 11 March 2017. He was an important member of Craig Easton’s U20 team last season, scoring 13 goals in the league and 16 overall, including a hat-trick against Alloa. Yaw signed a one-year professional contract in July 2017.
Born: 19th March 2000, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: Glenrothes Strollers, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Kieran can play up front or in midfield and joined as a first year apprentice from the Fife Elite Football Academy in the summer of 2017. He made eleven appearances for the Development team last season and made a valuable contribution in the games which secured the Development League East title. As such, coach, Craig Easton, felt Kieran had earned his two-year apprenticeship contract and with some hard working performances.
Born: 18th February 2000, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: Alan Young
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Smith was awarded a two-year apprenticeship with Raith Rovers at the start of this season due to his talent, performances and hard work when playing and training with FEFA and Raith Rovers. He spent four weeks at the world famous Benfica Football Academy in April. An important member of Craig Easton’s U20 Development squad, Jack made 11 appearances, scoring twice.
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