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.
Benedictus signed for Raith Rovers on 10 June 2015 and made his first team debut in a pre-season friendly against Hearts on 7th July 2015. It wasn't long before Kyle got himself on the Rovers scoresheet when he scored the second goal in a 3-0 victory over Albion Rovers at Stark’s Park in the first round of the League Cup. On 12th January 2017, Benedictus signed a further one-year contract extension, taking him through to the summer of 2018. He made 30 league appearances in the 2016-17 season, playing various defensive positions.
Bene is the current club captain.
He broke his right fibula in the game against Ayr United at Stark's Park on 9th September 2017, an injury that kept him out until late January 2018. He made his return appearance for the Development team in a 4-1 victory over Livingston on 30th January and played the full 90 minutes on his first team return in the 2-1 victory over Airdrieonians on February 10th.
Born: 14th January 1984, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: Andy Mill
Away Sponsor: MacDonald Rusacks Hotel
Previous Clubs: Sunderland, Brechin City, Scarborough, Raith Rovers, Dundee
A member of the Raith Rovers Hall of Fame, “Davo” first joined the Rovers in July 2004 and went on to make two hundred and ninety appearances before leaving to join Dundee in May 2012. He played seventy-five times for Dundee before being released in May 2015 and returned to Stark’s Park, much to the delight of the fans. As the 2015-16 season commenced, Davidson scored in the 2-1 League Cup win over Hamilton at the end of August 2015. In the game against Queen of the South on 12 December 2015, he broke his nose but went on to play the following week against Morton despite the injury. Davidson extended his Rovers contract for two years in April 2016. He made twenty-six league appearances in 2016-17, scoring one goal in the 4-2 win against Falkirk that October. Iain made his 400th appearance against Arbroath on 7th April 2018. He was named Supporter's Player of the Year and Fife Autocentre Player Of The Year for 2017-18. Davo signed a new 1 year contract on May 17th 2018.
Born: 20th January 1994, Rutherglen
Home Sponsor: Adam Vallot Memorial Fund
Away Sponsor: Bryan Fisher
Previous Clubs: Motherwell, Clyde, Western United, Stenhousemuir, Barrow, Southport
Euan was one of Barry Smith’s triple signings in June 2017 and is highly rated by the manager. Having played in the Solomon Islands, England and Scotland, Murray has already made his mark in the lead up to the new season. His first outing in a Rovers’ shirt was against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park on 5th July when Murray lined up beside Iain Davidson.
At Buckie, almost three weeks later, Murray was a steady presence and supplied a healthy throw in, which finished at the feet of Spence, resulting in a goal. He then delivered the ball to the edge of the box, allowing Buchanan to roll it past Buckie’s number one. Euan was named as the Manager's Player of the Year for 2017-18. He signed a new 2 year contract on 17th May 2018.
Born: 26th July 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: David Greig
Away Sponsor: Jay Adamson Anthony
Previous Clubs: Loanhead Boys’ Club, Hearts Youth Academy, Hearts, Livingston on loan, Dunfermline on loan
Thomson came to Raith Rovers on loan from Hearts on 2nd March 2012 until the end of the season. He made his debut the following day, playing the full match in a 5-0 win over Greenock Morton and helped the club move away from the relegation zone at the end of the season. He made a permanent move to Stark’s Park that summer and has been club captain under three managers. In 2012 – 13, the full-back secured both the Players’ Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Club Player of the Year awards. He was ever present in the 2014-15 season, playing every minute of every league and cup game. Thomson signed a 2-year contract in March 2016, which will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2018.
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. He made 25 appearances in the 2017-18 season and is contracted through until the end of the 2018-19 season.
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. Jamie made 7 first team appearances during the 2017-18 season. He signed a two year professional contract on 22nd May 2018.
Born: 23rd January 1996, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: IA Software
Away Sponsor: IA Software
Previous Clubs: Edinburgh City (Youth), Royston Rangers Boys’ Club, Raith Rovers Football Academy
Matthews is another Academy graduate who signed a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013, making his first team debut as a second half sub in the friendly against Sheffield United in July 2013. He started at right back in the first friendly of the 2014-15 season against Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium and made his full first team start against Dumbarton in the last league game of that same season, being awarded the Malcom Szpera award for Endeavour at the 2014-15 Supporters’ Club Awards. He signed a new two-year contract in May 2015 and made his first start of the 2015-16 season in a pre-season friendly against East Fife in July 2015. Matthews’ first competitive start against Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Cup came in August but the highlight of his 2015-16 season was his performance against Celtic in the League Cup, when he was praised for his outstanding and dominant performance in the middle of the park. Matthews scored his first senior Rovers goal in the first league game of the 2016-17 season on 6th August 2016 in a 2-0 win at Somerset Park against Ayr United. Having established himself in the team in 2016-17, he was rewarded with an extended contract, taking Ross through to the summer of 2019. He made 47 appearances in 2017-18, scoring twice.
Born: 7th April 1985, Dundee
Home Sponsor: Paul Cater
Away Sponsor: David Grieg
Previous Clubs: Dundee, Peterhead on loan, Balmoor on loan, Dundee United, Blackpool, Hibernian, Botosani,
The twice-capped Scottish Internationalist was snapped up by the Rovers in October 2015 until the end of the season and Robertson extended his contract by a year. The 2016-17 season was, however, plagued with injury and he made only one appearance in the final play-off match against Brechin City. Barry Smith has made Scott a First Team Coach this season. His influence in midfield is invaluable to the team and he has only missed 3 league games this season and he has scored 1 goal against East Fife at New Bayview.
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. Ryan signed a one year professional contract on 22nd May 2018.
Born: 27th March 1985, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: G-Loc, Al Shaheen, Qatar
Away Sponsor: Red Circle Communications
Previous Clubs: Cowdenbeath, Partick Thistle, Dunfermline Ath, Sligo Rovers, Airdrie, Ayr United, East Fife, Alloa Athletic, Livingston
A prolific scorer with every team he has played for, Buchanan was one of three signings made by Barry Smith on 9 June 2017. He first donned a Rovers’ jersey on 6th July, when preparations for the new season kicked off at Ainslie Park against Edinburgh City. Days later, Buchanan scored against Clyde in the 15th minute then, in a challenge match against Dunfermline Athletic, he scored yet again – his second goal in three days. Obviously, the long trip to Buckie had no negative impact as Buchanan scored a brace within five minutes. Then, as the last game before the league begins in earnest, he scored yet again against his former team, Cowdenbeath.
Liam acted as club captain when Kyle Benedictus was out through injury during 2017-18 season. Liam is currently contracted through to the end of the 2018-19 season.
Vaughan started as an U14 player for Raith Rovers, progressing up the age groups, and he impressed with his performances for the U19s, having stepped up at the tender age of 16. On 11th January 2012, he was given and 2 ½ year professional contract, making his debut for the first team as a sub in the 87th minute in the final match of the 2011-12 season, away to Greenock Morton. He made 3 league appearances in 2012 – 13 season, making a number of valuable contributions, with 6 assists and 3 goals. The following season, Vaughan became more of a first team regular, making 26 appearances and scoring 7 goals. Season 2015 – 16 started full of promise for this young striker but he picked up a serious injury, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and didn't play another game that season. Again, he signed another year long contract, taking him through to the summer of 2017. However, on the very day - 4th January 2017 - he signed a one-year contract extension, he joined fellow Scottish Championship side, Dumbarton, on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. Lewis made 35 league appearances in season 2017-18 scoring 15 league goals. Lewis scored in 11 consecutive games at the start of the 2017-18 season. Lewis is contracted through until end of 2018-19 season.
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.